What an absolutely incredible weekend at the Rogers Center. I hope that everyone is savoring and enjoying the ride, because the come up is easily the most enjoyable part of cheering for a great team. This weekend might have represented the crest of support and jubilation surrounding this team as the Jays used their Californian recipe for success to completely dismantle the Detroit Tigers in every imaginable way over three days. Lets get in to some of the numbers for the series. The Blue Jays had:
Scored 29 runs
Hit 11 home runs
Gave up 6 total runs
Gave away 20,000 Canada themed jerseys
Swept a series without David Price pitching in it
Other alarming pieces of information:
The Jays have scored 102 more runs than the second highest scoring team in the MLB as of the end of Sunday (709 vs 607 by the Yankees)
The Jays have a run differential of 193. They have scored 193 more runs than they have given up this season!
On July 29th the Blue Jays had a losing record and were 8 games out of first place in the AL East
With 21 wins in the month of August, this version of the Jays has set a team record for wins in a month, and still have another game tomorrow to set the record at 22
When David Price was asked what the chances are he would be back with the Blue Jays next year he responded, “Well, I guess the Blue Jays would be ahead. It’s been awesome being here. I would definitely come back here if everything worked out the way we envisioned it. “
Great things are coming!
Friday night I attended the game with my girlfriend Bryanne and her parents. I shot a little snap chat story of the adventure however the video isn’t loading properly on youtube. Going forward I will make sure to record actual video.
Donaldson’s home run off the facing of the 5th deck exploded off of his bat and seemed to be gaining speed when it hit the stands.
The kid in front of me at the game was probably about 1-2 years old. He was old enough to say “Go Blue Jays” but spent most of the game rolling around in his seat or playing with a popcorn bag that ended up becoming a helmet. He was there with his parents as well as his grandfather. His grandfather recorded the scorecard for the entire baseball game and was much more intent on catching the action than on discussing it with anyone. It was a great baseball snapshot.
Anthony Gose was playing in center field for the Tigers. I couldn’t stand Gose when he was a Blue Jay. It wasn’t just because he was a .200 hitter who never seemed to string it together, but because I thought he was lazy in the field. Gose has unbelievable range, but it always felt like he would do the bare minimum to make a play work. I used to stand in the Flight Deck and yell at him to put his glove on his hand, yet there he was waiting until a pitch is thrown to put his glove on his hand every at bat. So, it was with that backdrop that I enjoyed him overthrowing two different cut off men and allowing an extra jays run to cross the plate.
Osuna and Sanchez were lights out. Having a closer come in and challenge hitters with fastball after fastball is so much more comforting than needing top hitters to swing at cutting pitches that end up as balls to record outs.
Friday was a great day at the ball park, which led into one of the most memorable days spent in the Rogers Center I have ever experienced on Saturday.
Edwin brought a 23 game hit streak into Saturday’s game against the Tigers, and has been absolutely torching pitchers the last two months. He didn’t waste any time extending the streak to 24, as he crushed a three run home run in the 1st inning. The fun was far from finished, as the highlight reel below indicates.
The fans throwing the hats on the field to celebrate the hat trick was a great touch to a fantastic day. While Edwin clearly was the showstopper, there were many other notable things from the day:
Hutchinson has quietly put together his best pitching of the year over the past month. He mixed it up well and went 7 comfortable innings without getting into too much trouble and keeping the ball in the park.
Tulo had a homerun in this game, but also 4 ugly strike outs. His offensive struggles continue.
Gose made two bone head plays in this game. The first was great, as he thought an out he recorded was the 3rd of the inning and lackadaisically trotted in from center with the ball in his glove. The only problem was he had only recorded the 2nd out of the game, and this error allowed Goins to come in to score all the way from second base.
The second play was a slide into second base he made on Tulo late in the game. Down 14 runs Gose came in about 5 feet wide of second base, very late, and definitely high.
I am all for playing the game hard regardless of the situation, but this was a ridiculous attempt by Gose. As Tulo commented after the game, the Blue Jays weren’t holding Gose on first up 14 runs, and all he was doing was clearing the bag on the play after recording the out. Gose’s attempt to take him out when a double play was not imminent was pretty low.
That brought us to Sunday, where Donaldson and Edwin wasted no time finishing off the Tigers by both crushing home runs in the first inning. It was the third consecutive at bat Edwin hit a homer, and the 4th in two days, and I believe 9th of August.
Then one of the stranger things I’ve seen in a ball game occurred. After the Ump gave both teams a warning for the Jays doing absolutely nothing (again….) Simon plunked Edwin in his second at bat with a 47 mph eephus pitch.
Nothing could have brought me more joy yesterday than seeing the Umpire eject Simon for throwing a 47 mph pitch at Edwin, however he choose to let Edwin have his base and keep Simon in the game.
Other notes from Sunday:
Gibbons did what we speculated about before the start of the series by moving Revere to the top of the line up and putting Tulo in the 5th spot. It certainly didn’t see to slow down the bats at all, and might provide both of them a little more comfort.
Russell Martin has hit homeruns in back to back games. While he has been struggling of late with his hamstring injury, the thought of him heating up right now must be keeping managers and pitchers awake at night across the American League.
Gose had another fielding situation where his slow throw in from center field allowed Pillar to get back and beat a throw to first base after rounding second hard by either losing sight of the ball, or forgetting how many outs there were. This was the final blunder in a forgettable series for Gose, who I don’t miss at all.
Jays fans are riding high right now, as this keeps being more and more fun. The Cleveland baseball team is coming to town next and will face Price on Monday night as the Jays look to continue the hot start to the home stand.