Toronto Blue Jays Lay A World Series Beating On San Francisco Giants
Don’t look now but the Toronto Blue Jays have won 4 games in a row, including a dominate 2 game mini-series sweep against the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The Blue Jays outscored the Giants 21 to 9 banging out 29 hits in the two games played at the Rogers Centre .
Former Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera received his World Series ring from Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, a bitter sweet moment for Cabrera seeing he did not suit up for the Giants during their playoff run due to his steroid scandal. However, the bling may have motivated the “Melkman” as he was scorching the ball all over the field including 4 hits to pace the Jays to the lopsided victory in game one.
During their season high 4 game streak the Jays have gotten wins from Chad Jenkins and Ramon Ortiz, yes I said Ramon Ortiz. The Jays are still piecing together starts with Josh Johnson, J.A. Happ and Brandon Morrow dealing with an assortment of medical ailments.
In game one of the Giants series CY Young winner R.A. Dickey appeared to be back on track fanning 10 Giants hitters and floating his way to the victory. Dickey has been battling neck and back stiffness which has prevented him from throwing his harder knuckleball in previous starts.
The Jays haven’t been able to gain much ground in the standings over this streak but at least they are resembling the team many thought they would be. The lumber has been out in full force having scored 36 runs in their last 4 contests and are finally playing sound defense.
Edwin Encarnacion is tied for first place in the American League in home runs with 11, J.P. Arencibia tied for second with 10 and slugger Jose Bautista is tied for third with 9 big flies. The Blue Jays have dialled long distance more than any other team in the majors complimented by their recent power surge.
The Jays still need to goon a healthy run to compensate for their flawed start and so far appear on the right track. Hopefully they can continue their winning ways against the Bronx Bombers starting Friday night in New York.