The Blue Jays and Red Sox meet this weekend in the MLB Marquis matchup. The winner of the series should establish themselves as top dogs in the AL east.
These two teams have very similar styles which should make for a fantastic series. Both are offensive powerhouses and have had some solid pitching for the majority of the season. With the Jays on a bit of a slide of late the Sox have gained a 1 game lead on the division. During the Blue Jays slump the bats have been silenced. We all know that the Jays are a feast or famine team and that they don’t play “small ball” but there is a big difference between small and smart baseball. This team needs to figure out how to produce runs when the long ball isn’t going for them. They need to move runners over and cash them in. They leave too many runners stranded and strikeout far too often. You can’t always rely on hitting home runs. Sometimes they just don’t come. When they are hot there isn’t a scarier lineup in baseball and they can dominate just about any team out there. The problem is when they are not they don’t do the simple things at the plate. That being said they are still just 1 game out of top spot. Personally I believe this is the deepest team in the league and have an excellent shot at a deep playoff run but they have to get there first. Hopefully the bats come alive against the very dangerous BoSox and if not they do the fundamental things to win ball games. Otherwise they’ll quickly find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. The road to October starts tonight.
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