After a tough June, it looked like things were finally going to turnaround for the Toronto Blue Jays.
They began the new month on the right note, sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers in a two-game set at Rogers Centre. The pair of wins appeared significant at the time because they came against the top team in the National League.
If the Jays were able to hand the Brewers such a decisive beating, it surely must’ve meant things were on the rise for them, right?
Toronto carried this momentum into Oakland for a four-game series against the top team in the American League. On paper, it was the perfect test for the Jays’ sudden resurgence: there could be no better confirmation of their turnaround than posting back-to-back series wins over the top two teams in baseball.
Unfortunately, the momentum was short-lived.
The Jays made a close contest of things in the first two games of the series, but they were never able to match the Athletics’ depth or desire to win. Their closest chance to win came during a 1-0 loss in extra innings on Friday.
Weak offence can mainly be blamed for the loses.
Across the four games, Toronto’s bats could only manage four runs against 14 scored for Oakland. In the process, they blew four decent to strong starts from R.A. Dickey, Marcus Stroman, Mark Buehrle and Drew Hutchison. In other words, these are games the Jays could’ve won if they were still hitting like a contender.
Finding themselves swept out of Oakland, the Jays continue their current ten-game road trip in Anaheim tonight. The Angels are another top team in baseball so the Jays have a tough task ahead of them. To salvage the remainder of the road trip, they need to go 5-1 over their next six games. Tampa Bay is the final destination where the Jays have never really played great baseball.
Is this the road trip that breaks the Jays’ season or the one where they’re able to fight through the adversity and finally turn things around?
Impatient Jays fans will have to wait and see.