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Those Yankees Ruining the Fun

Posted By George Fadel On Apr 21 2011 @ 11:57 pm In Toronto Blue Jays | 1 Comment

The Toronto Blue Jays just completed a two-game series that they split with the New York Yankees. The two games went very differently as Game 1 was a come from behind victory in the 10th inning in which the score was 6-5. Meanwhile, in Game 2 they got run over by the Yankees offence 6-2. Here’s a list of what went right and wrong

The Good

Never Give Up Attitude
In Game 1 the Jays were down 5-3 heading into the 9th and stormed back to tie the game at five and blew a save opportunity for Mariano Rivera. This Jays team has been playing with a lot of heart and getting timely hitting from their lineup.

Edwin Encarnacion
He was officially be announced as the clubs permanent DH by skip John Farrell and responded in this series by going 4-8 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Defence isn’t Encarnacion’s strong point so having him focus on just hitting will be beneficial to him and the team. Here’s hoping that his hot streak lasts a little while longer.

Jayson Nix/ John McDonald
Both individuals were slated to start the season on the bench and have been thrust into starting positions due to injuries and demotions. McDonald has replaced Aaron Hill into the line up due to a hamstring injury and Jayson Nix has replaced Encarnacion at third. Encarnacion takes Juan Rivera’s spot as DH. Nix and McDonald have filled in admirably as temporary relief at both positions until health and more personnel is on the way.

The Bad

Brett Cecil
Brett had a horrible line of 5 IP, 6 hits, 6 ER, 4 BB, and an ERA of 6.86 when Game 2 of the series ended. He came out with his second loss of a season and was demoted today. It’s been a rough season for an individual who had 15 wins last year in a very hard division. Management is hoping that a trip to AAA might get his confidence back and at the very least he’ll be getting extra instruction on his pitching mechanics

Aaron Hill’s Injury
Hill stole his team-leading 6th base of the year in Game 1 but shortly thereafter injured his right hamstring. Hill was starting to get back into the swing of things after missing the majority of spring training. His hustle, bat, and defence will be missed by the Jays.

Next Up
The Jays (9-10) stay at home to face the Tampa Bay Rays (9-10) in a three game series with Jo-Jo Reyes opening the series against Jeremy Hellickson.

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