Things are looking different in Toronto these days.
The club made the difficult decision by firing Charlie Montoyo after a rocky 46-42 start. He fell on the sword for some of the Blue Jays’ woes, and the players have responded.
John Schneider got promoted to interim skipper and has since jumped to an 8-1 start — one of the best by any manager in MLB history.
Tonight, as Sportsnet’s Chris Black notes above, he could tie Rob Thomson for the second best 10-game stretch to start a managerial career.
We’re talking about a near comically small sample size of nine games so far under Schneider, but you don’t need to look at the numbers to see the differences. The bats have become red hot for the Jays, as evident with a record-setting 28-run performance last Friday night. The pitching hasn’t been perfect — an area Ross Atkins and co need to address by Tuesday’s trade deadline — but it’s been effective enough to get by in recent weeks.
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Toronto is riding a seven-game win streak into Wednesday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals and they will look to make it eight.
One thing is clear and it’s the fact that this coaching change, thus far, has been very effective. So effective that the Jays have outscored their oppoenets 77-27 since the managerial move was made. Even if you take the anamolous 28-5 win over the Red Sox, they’re still outscoring opponents 49-23 — a two-to-one+ rate.
What’s next for the Jays? Help in the pitching ranks. With the MLB Trade Deadline set for next Tuesday, let’s see what the Jays can do to help the club for a big playoff pushing coming.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
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