Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are on one of those unstoppable tears right now
There are good nights at the plate and there are Josh Donaldson nights at the plate.
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The Toronto Blue Jays‘ electric third baseman, who’s equally fun to watch with the bat and with the glove, had another big night against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. His stellar offence, backed by his stellar defence, has piloted the Jays to two straight wins over the Angels – all of this, mind you, accomplished in the backyard of Mike Trout.
If anyone still questions Donaldson’s supremacy over Trout in the race for the American League MVP, it should be clear they haven’t been watching Donaldson do his thing this week.
Aug 9, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) hits a home run off of New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (not pictured) during the first inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Over his last four games (the Jays had two off-days), Donaldson is hitting .563 with an OBP of .579 and a SLG of 1.313; he has nine hits in 16 at bats, seven runs, 13 RBI and three homes runs. Trout has produced a slash line of .176/.364/.235 with three hits in 17 at bats, zero runs, one RBI and zero home runs across six games so far this week.
This includes a three-run home run and six RBI (four hits) in total from Donaldson last night as the Jays spanked the Angels 15-3. Donaldson backed the Jays’ 9-2 winning effort over the Angels on Friday with two hits and three RBI, and he’ll look to help put the cap on a three-game road sweep of the Angels later this afternoon.
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As both teams jostle for a playoff spot, I think it’s especially important to focus on the differing offensive numbers produced by Donaldson and Trout this week. It’s one thing to hit for a high average and cash in runs like they were casino chips during inconsequential games, but when a potential playoff berth is up for grabs, everything becomes that much more important.
What we’ve seen so far this week is Donaldson rise to the occasion while Trout and his Angels continue to play mediocre baseball coming out of the all-star break.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens later today, but I wouldn’t be upset (or surprised) if the Angels continued to flounder to the Jays’ benefit.
What are your thoughts on the Donaldson-Trout MVP rivalry? Can anyone stop Donaldson right now? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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