Blue Jays Series Recap – Jays Finally Take Tampa

Jose Bautista took the Toronto Blue Jays on his back and basically won the rubber match himself.  Joey Bats went 4-4 with 2 HRs (including game tying jack), 4 RBIs, 1 BB and 1 SB.  It was a monster performance capped with a broken bat single to win the game in extra innings.  For the game Bautista had a 1.320 wOBA, 774 wRC+ and a 1.500 ISO!!  Insane.

Unfortunately the Blue Jays are no further into the race than previous and their run differential isn’t improving much at all.  They need to get on another three, four or five game streak to get this thing rolling.

Wes recapped Game 3:

Speaking of fundamentally unsound, Maicer Izturis attempted to barehand a squibber off the end of the bat by Ryan Roberts. Again, the rationale is simple: barehand the ball, get the runner, end the inning. He missed though, and was unlikely to get Roberts anyways.

Roberts was safe at 1B and Jose Molina—not exactly a speed merchant—scored from second because no one was in a position to field the ball. Ben Zobrist followed with another run-scoring single, making the score 2-1 Rays. A walk to Longoria loaded the bases for one of the toughest outs in the AL this season, James Loney. He flied out, but the Jays gave up two runs, faced three extra batters, and a good start by Buehrle turned into potentially another one of ‘those’ starts.

The complexion of the game changed because of two superficially-understandable-but-essentially-boneheaded, fundamentally-unsound plays by the Jays. Little League managers everywhere are rocking like Leo Mazzone, wondering how a Major League team can commit such basic mental errors. Is it the end of the world? Of course not, you can’t even see it from here. (Indeed, a long blast by Bautista tied the game at two.) No, the problem is that these types of errors are committed by the Jays with such startling regularity. The Jays have struggled in every facet of baseball so far this season. They can’t afford to give away outs or give their opponents extra outs. If the Jays are going to reel in the rest of the AL East, I suspect it will start by executing the fundamentals in all facets of the game. When’s the last time that you heard the Blue Jays described as being disciplined and fundamentally sound?

Read all of his awesome prior game recaps here.

Wes wrote a crazy in-depth piece on an all-time great Toronto Blue Jay Jesse Barfield.  In one aspect of the game was Barfield the greatest of all-time?  Read the piece here.

Josh Johnson is getting closer to returning, were scouts blown away by his first rehab start in Dunedin?

Be sure to check out the daily AL East Prospect report.  Focusing on the five AL East farm systems and notable daily performances!

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CURRENT RECORD: 19-27, 5th place, 9.0 games out of first place. (-43 run differential)

Here are the quick recaps and boxscores:

Game 1 – Blue Jays 7, Rays 5 – R.A. Dickey on point again, wins second straight start.

Game 2 – Rays 4, Blue Jays 3 – A tough close loss as comeback falls short.

Game 3 – Bautista 4, Rays 3 – Jose Bautista goes #BEASTMODE for real.

UP NEXT: Thursday begins a huge four game series versus the Baltimore Orioles (25-21, +20 run differential).  Time to make up some ground.


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