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Jays Continue to Impress Versus A’s

Posted By George Fadel On Apr 8 2011 @ 7:02 pm In Toronto Blue Jays | No Comments

The Toronto Blue Jays just completed a three game series where they went 2-1 against the Oakland A’s and even with dwindling fan attendance; the Jays have a lot to be optimistic about.

The Good

The Offence
The Jays scored 13 runs and got 25 hits throughout the series. Other then a tough closing game against A’s ace Trevor Cahill, the Jays offence looked lively and impressive. The power may not have been there but this team is getting on base and hitting for average.

Jesse Litsch
Made a great case to stay in the rotation going an impressive 6.1 innings while getting 7 strikeouts and picking up the win. Litsch is an ideal 5th man for this rotation and is looking strong after a rough 2010 season filled with injuries.

Ricky Romero
Even though he did not pick up the win in the series finale, Romero looked dominant going 7.1 innings and striking out five while lowering his ERA to 1.32onr the season. Nobody is questioning naming Romero as the staff ace after his first two outings. The Jays will be banking on continued improvement from the lefty as they move into the season and face tougher opponents.

The Strong Play of Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia
Both players have been carrying the offensive load as of late and hitting for high average. In Lind’s case he has played admirably at first base and has a .360 average while attempting to prove that last year was an aberration statistically. Arencibia has been great behind the plate and getting over a slow spring training by hitting .385 so far on the year.

The Bad

Jo-Jo Reyes
Reyes had an atrocious season debut with the Jays in front of a large number of family and friends at the Rogers Centre. At this point, I would be very surprised if Reyes does not get traded, released, or demoted to the bullpen once Brandon Morrow is ready to return from injury. Lasting only 3.1 innings is not the way to impress Jays management.

Yunel Escobar’s Injury
After a fast start to the season, Escobar was taken out of game two after hitting his head against Andy LaRoche’s leg and leaving him with a mild concussion. He will most likely be out for at least a week or until all signs of concussions are no longer present. Such a shame for a Jays player who came out flying out of the get and hitting .474 in the first five games of the season.

Are in order for Jose Bautista and his girlfriend who celebrated the birth of their daughter on Tuesday. The couple reportedly welcomed the daughter Tuesday night and named her Estela Marie. Bautista should be back in action for the Jays on Friday night.

Next Up
The Jays (4-2) travel to the west coast to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (3-3) in a three game series with Kyle Drabek opening the series against Ervin Santana.

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