Pretty much everything the Blue Jays have done lately has flown under the radar, so when the Nationals shut down Stephen Strasburg with almost a full month to go while leading the NL East and trying to make the post-season for the first time since 1981, when they were the Expos, the reaction was a dramatic: "Let him pitch." When the Jays did it with Brandon Morrow in '10 the sound was silence.

Morrow, the Jays' current ace, was shut down on Sept. 3, 2010, after just 26 starts and 146 1/3 innings, still in the bloom of health. What's the difference?

"It's different in the fact that (Strasburg) is coming off of injury — Tommy John surgery — and also different in the fact that they're competing," Morrow said. "That's ultimately what makes it the tough decision.