Injuries put Jays in a tough spot
Just as, last August, Theo Epstein was skewered for the breakdown of the Red Sox. Or now Mike Flanagan, Jim Duquette and Sam Perlozzo find themselves second-guessed in Baltimore without Adam Loewen, Kris Benson and Jaret Wright. Cleveland's top five pitchers started 159 games in 2005 and they won more games than any team in the three division era that did not make the playoffs, then last April opened the season with C.C., Sabathia going down and by September they couldn't find .500.
J. P. Ricciardi sympathizes with his peers. "No one, not even the Yankees," says Ricciardi, "can replace certain vital players. It just can't be done." Just another reason to appreciate Oakland -- and Jack (Holy Grail) Cust -- being two games over .500 on May 14 with 11 players on the disabled list, including their supposed ace (Rich Harden).