The month of June has not been off to a hot start at least for the Toronto Blue Jays. It has been the opposite. It has been a cold start for Toronto, and their troubles are becoming visible.
Toronto’s past week is the evidence. They have been failing to win games. In their past six games, they have dropped four of them. The Blue Jays have been outscored 27-16, leaving nine runs unanswered for. It does not appear like their play is going to take a better turn soon either.
Yesterday the Blue Jays may have been aiming to start fresh as they began their series against the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners gave them a reality check that they still have work to do. Seattle rallied past the Toronto Blue Jays, defeating them 4-2, according to the New York Daily News.
On Friday the Blue Jays were beaten both offensively and defensively. Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays may have slugged his 11th long ball of the season, but Toronto still came up short. Bautista is the foundation of the Blue Jays power, but they need more than a single home-run to start winning games.
Toronto needs to strike early, and come up with better defensive plays. Their pitching staff has not been a disaster, but the lack of offense for the Blue Jays has had a negative impact. The Blue Jays need their offense to wake up.
As of late the same offense that has carried Toronto to solid seasons has been missing. It has been nowhere to be found. Yesterday’s Mariners win marked their 10th in their past 12 games. They have been streaking lately.
After a rough week of baseball, the Blue Jays declined. They are still a losing team, going just 29-32 on the season. They sit at the very bottom of the standings of the AL East, with the worst record in the division.
The Blue Jays do have time to catch up to their nearest competitor. The fourth place Tampa Bay Rays are not all that far. Going 32-21 on the year, the Rays have just a two game lead over Toronto. Then the third place, Baltimore Orioles are just three games ahead of the Blue Jays.
Tonight Toronto will be aiming to even out their series against Seattle, and respond with a victory. Seattle has won six of their past seven including a sweep over the Rays. They have scored 23 times through their past four games.
Can the Toronto Blue Jays even out the series today? Will the Blue Jays improve their position in the standings? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod