The Toronto Blue Jays Are A Perfect 10
The Toronto Blue Jays extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games in dramatic fashion yesterday as Jose Bautista launched a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to break a 2-2 tie. Bautista hit the blast off Baltimore Orioles reliever Darren O’ Day who a day earlier had words for Bautista after he struck him out. On this day Bautista would get the last laugh and he let O’Day know it as he rounded third base headed for home.
The Jays once again received a strong outing from their starting pitcher as Chien-Ming Wang hurled 6.1 innings of 4 hit ball keeping the Orioles at bay and exiting the game with a 2-1 lead. During the 10 game winning streak a Blue Jays starter has only allowed more than 2 earned runs on 2 occasions. The bullpen has been even better shutting the door all season on opposing lineups. Coming into yesterday the Blue Jays bullpen earned run average for the month of June was 0.61. That would be a new MLB record if the stat holds up for the remainder of the month. To further the point in June Brett Cecil, Steve Delabar and Aaron Loup have pitched 23.2 innings with 0 ER, 6 BB and 32 strikeouts combined.
The Jays are percentage points ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the standings crawling out of the AL East dungeon for the first time this season. The surging Jays sit 4.5 games out of a wild card spot, a feat that almost seemed impossible 3 weeks earlier.
The Blue Jays are also poised to activate Jose Reyes from the disabled list after the weekend and should be back in a Jays uniform for the series opener on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Reyes is currently completing a rehab assignment with the Buffalo Bisons. There is still much discussion on who will be optioned to make room for Reyes on the roster. The decision will have to be made if Munenori Kawasaki and his legion of fans will remain with the team or if the Jays will look to demote a reliever like Juan Perez or even the oft injured Dustin McGowan. The only issue with McGowan is he would have to clear waivers and at this point we are unsure if the Blue Jays want to give up on the reclamation project.
In other injury news, pitcher Kyle Drabek has been placed on a rehab assignment with the Dunedin Blue Jays. Yesterday, Drabek tossed 2.1 innings surrendering 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 2 on his road to recovery.
The blue birds will look to Josh Johnson this afternoon to keep the streak alive and pitch the Blue Jays to eleven heaven.