Be Afraid American League, the Toronto Blue Jays Are Coming…
It seems like the hammer has officially dropped on the AL East, and that hammer is the Toronto Blue Jays.
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In a matter of just over a week, the Blue Jays won three of four from the top team in the American League, the Kansas City Royals, then swept the second wild card holder, the Minnesota Twins. Finally, they virtually erased what was once a seven game lead for the New York Yankees in the AL East, sweeping them in three at Yankee Stadium.
They have won all of those games through almost every way imaginable: walk offs, dominant pitching, air tight defence, and of course, deep shots over the fence.
In other words, they just took arguably three of the best teams in the AL and made them all look like they belonged in the Florida Gulf Coast League.
Obviously these streaks don’t last, they never do. But seriously, who’s really trying to face off against the best offence in the league, after they got better following the trade deadline?
The numbers get even scarier when you consider that the Blue Jays have now plated 595 runs, well enough for first in the majors. Second place belongs to the Yankees, sitting 66 runs back at 529.
They are also first in run differential with +129.
Aug 9, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada (25) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
The confidence of the offence has begun to rub off on pitching and defence as well.
David Price is one thing, but to see the bullpen and starters respond the way they have after Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous’ Steinbrenner-esque movements at the trade deadline, have all but assured this ball club that they can compete with anyone in baseball right now.
The big question is now this… is it time? can we FINALLY get excited!?
Are we going to see playoff baseball in Toronto for the first time since 1993?!
Still too early to tell! And I hate saying that but it’s true. Baseball’s history is rife with epic collapse after epic collapse in September, with the Blue Jays themselves no strangers to it.
Let’s just hope these boys won’t bend to the ghosts of the past.
Difference here is, we have veterans who have rarely made deep runs to the post season. They are chomping at the bit, backed by guys with World Series experience, and finally, we have the start-up rookies ready to be a part of something special.
This is our time.
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