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The one thing Edwin Jackson has going for him is his faith in himself

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He will take the mound. He will take the ball. And he will take, chances are, another thrashing.

Edwin Jackson: This is your laborious life.

While the Blue Jays could rightfully be accused of human trafficking in migrant pitchers.

The wincing-to-watch unfolding may have been expected of a journeyman like Jackson — have arm, will travel — but surely nobody within the Jays ministry of daisy-plucking anticipated quite this scope of disaster. Or perhaps they did and don't really give a toss as a season of faux big-league ball grinds on, a kind of institutional furlough for the franchise, which pretty much gave itself a pass for 2019.

Although, yeah, they'll continue, with a straight face, to say stuff like: "We didn't expect this. We thought we'd be in a better spot." (GM Ross Atkins, 'round about 5 p.m., Wednesday.)

To claim they didn't foresee the club being quite this awful — nervy acquittal against the visiting Yankees notwithstanding — is as mealy-mouth, inside-out disingenuous as it gets. Because management barely lifted a pinky to improve its lot, preferring instead to dike a finger here and slap caulking on a crevice there via The Expendables, a merry-go-round of disposable parts and roster dreck belched onto the field by a miserly organization under fig-leaf cover of "The Rebuild" — only hewing to call-up youth in recent weeks, likely to stifle fan base clamouring and caterwauling.

By everything that is holy in baseball,........

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