At this point last year, the only thing more surprising than the Blue Jays' first-place status was how quickly and completely they fell from that lofty perch. They went to Boston for a three-game series last May 19 at 27-14 and leading the AL East by 3.5 games (and No. 1 in the Power Rankings). A three-game sweep at Fenway began a nine-game losing streak from which Toronto never recovered, eventually bottoming out in fourth place. The Blue Jays haven't yet reached the heights they did last year and they may not ever lead the division the way the still-No. 1 Rays are playing, but the Jays may not fall as precipitously, either, and are looking like they could hang around the tough AL East. Toronto boasts the game's most powerful offense and Shaun Marcum and Ricky Romero have been the game's best pair of unheralded starters, each sporting an ERA under 3.20 and a WHIP under 1.10. This week, the Jays move into the Top 10 after taking three of four from AL West-leading A's, sweeping the Indians and taking advantage of slumps by a trio of expected AL heavyweights: the Red Sox, Angels and Mariners.
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