Farrell shooting for 88 wins

Farrell shooting for 88 wins

TORONOTO -- Manager John Farrell thinks this year's team can match the 88 wins of the 1998 team as the most wins since Toronto won the World Series in 1993. While he does think it's a possibility, admits it will be difficult.

"It's a realistic goal. It's going to be a daunting goal," said Farrell, prior to the team facing the Royals for the final time this year. "We know we're going to get back into our division here pretty soon and if you look at our overall performance, that's the one area for obvious reasons where we have to make gains."

Heading into the final seven games of August, the Blue Jays sit on 66 wins, but still face division rivals in the Yankees, Boston and Tampa Bay, all clubs ahead of the Blue Jays in the American League East, home and away between now and the end of the season.

"How we control the game from the mound from the start will be the biggest reason we would get to an increased number of wins," said Farrell.

At the very least, the Jays skipper is confident his team will end the season with more wins than losses.

"I think we have every reason to believe that we're an above-.500 club."