The Toronto Blue Jays have been scratching their heads as of late due to their poor hitting and bad luck keeping their batters healthy. After a recent four game series against the Detroit Tigers that saw the Jays drop three games, the team finds itself at 15-20 and in fourth place in the competitive AL East division.
The Jays were outscored during the series by a margin of 28-14 and looked lost both on the mound and at the plate. Staff ace, Ricky Romero, was roughed up in Game 2 by allowing six earned runs in just 3.1 innings of work for his shortest outing of the season. To make matters worse, the Jays failed to have Adam Lind and Jose Bautista play once together over the four games. Bautista was out of an injury for the first two games, whereas Lind left Game 2 with back spasm.
Not having both players together was definitely a difficult situation for the team as Lind and Bautista are the only two hitters hitting for an average above .300 (.313 and .359 respectively after the series) and the next best hitter for average is Yunel Escobar at .264. Surely, it’s safe to say, the batters have not been playing up to standards as of late.
The Good From the Series
Jesse Litsch had a strong start for the Jays going 6.1 innings with nine strikeouts, giving up one earned run, to pick up the lone win. This is promising for the Jays as Litsch tries to lock down a spot in the rotation by showing consistency during his starts.
To note, it was also the Major League debut of David Cooper after his call-up from AAA. Cooper only batted .111 during the series but showed strong play at first base and took extra batting practice with coach Dwayne Murphy. The Toronto brass can only hope that Cooper shows promise and aids the team is getting out of their slump.
The Bad from the Series
The Jays just showed an overall inconsistent effort. The pitching was sub par and the batting looked overmatched. The team is in need of some health and some luck to get things back on track. Every player not named Bautista or Lind needs to also step up and help take some weight off of the shoulders of the number 3 and 4 hitters.
An important series with the rival Boston Red Sox at home. The Jays need to win this series to get back on track and build some confidence or they risk slipping too far away from the top of the division standings.
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Written by George Fadel
Sports Journalist in training Passionate about all kinds sports Favorite athlete ever is Muhammad Ali Favorite sports movie of ever is Bull Durham