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Jays Down American League Champs

Posted By George Fadel On Apr 30 2011 @ 3:54 pm In Toronto Blue Jays | No Comments

The Toronto Blue Jays won three games from a four game series versus the Texas Rangers this past week. It’s been an interesting few days for these Jays as they’ve been seeing a lot of personnel change along with ups and downs but still managed to win the series versus the American League champions.

The Good

Kyle Drabek
Drabek had another consistent outing in the opening game of the series going six strong innings and giving up three earned runs to pick up the win and to improve his record to 2-0. The season is still young but Drabek has proven that he belongs in the Major Leagues and will hopefully turn into a bonafide front-end starter for the Jays in years to come.

Brandon Morrow
The flamethrower started his second game of the season and picked up six strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision during Game Four of the series. The club is slowly bringing him along and not allowing his pitch count to get too high but so far Morrow has 18 Ks in a little over 11 innings of work.

Jose Bautista
Bautista continues to prove that 2010 was no fluke hitting three homers in the series and is now batting .360 on the year to lead the Jays while becoming one of the most feared batters in the game. His patience at the plate should also be noted as he now has 26 walks in the month of April alone.

Adam Lind
Hitting cleanup behind Bautista has benefited Lind greatly this season as the first basemen had three homers and eight RBIs in the Texas series alone. Lind is looking to bounce back from a terrible 2010 season and looks to be on his way to a very productive year.

The Bad

Jose Reyes
Lasted only 2.2 innings in the third game of the series. Reyes is 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA with the Jays so far this season and you have to wonder how long this experiment will last. If the Jays do not want to lose him to a waiver claim then a relief role may be in the near future for Reyes. The pitcher has good stuff and a 95 mph fastball that just has not translated to success in the majors.

Travis Snider
With a .184 average to go along with only two homers, Snider was sent down to AAA by the Blue Jays following their Game Four win. Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told the media that mechanical changes are needed for Snider’s swing that he would not be able to work on in the big leagues. The club, along with its fans, can only hope that Snider makes the proper adjustments so that the talented outfielder can re-join the Jays very soon.

Look Out For
1B/DH David Cooper making his major league debut with the Jays in their series with the New York Yankees.

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