The Toronto Blue Jays have been a streaky bunch this season. They started the season out in disarray, and then they stabilized to fight back to .500, but have now been trying to keep everything afloat. Surprisingly enough, it’s been the offense that’s holding them back. The Blue Jays are 25th in runs scored this season, which is not something you’ve come to associated with the Jays over the last five or so years. They’ve been a team synonymous with long balls and runs being scored.
The team seemingly falls and rises off the bat of Jose Bautista. Bautista is cold and the offense sputters, he’s destroying the ball and the rest of the offense is knocking the ball around, too. Bautista started the season ice cold, but broke out of it for a few weeks to get the Jays back on the map. However, Bautista has only 2 hits in his last six games. In his last ten games, Bautista is 4-34 at the plate. And how have the Blue Jays been doing lately? Not so good. They didn’t need him last night in a 7-5 win for the Jays, though.
The Jays pulled a game within .500 last night, but find themselves 5 games back of 1st in the AL East. That statement isn’t entirely all negative. Last in a division and 5 games back? It be a lot of worse than that, but thanks to the Yankees’ recent slide, everyone is within striking distance.
The Yankees are clinging on to a narrow 0.5 lead over the Red Sox at the moment. While this division is still open for the taking, the Orioles are the team I’m scratching out already. It’s possible for an offense to get hot at the right time, but harder to turn pitching on.
The Orioles have allowed 5 or more runs straight for over two weeks now. While it hasn’t been perfect for the Jays, they’ve been getting some spotty production. Stroman has been one of them pitching well. He’ll get the start against the Rangers and Martin Perez. Head below to get our free Blue Jays vs. Rangers pick.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers Pick
Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.15 ERA) vs. Martin Perez (3-6, 4.72 ERA)
I think a lot of weight was put on Stroman’s shoulders to start the season. He’s been doing his job, and it isn’t his fault the Jays are below .500 right now. The loss of Edwin Encarnacion is a sizable one, but they shouldn’t be 25th in runs in June. That must improve, and we saw last night what has to happen for the Jays. Stroman enters Thursday with a record of 7-3, with an ERA of 3.15 and 1.24 WHIP. In his last three starts, Stroman posted a 2.70 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Best of all for Stroman is that he’s allowed just 4 home runs on the road.
The only guy on the Rangers’ roster that has a hit against him is Adrian Beltre. Mike Napoli has had 9 at-bats against him, yet hasn’t recorded a hit. For the current Rangers, they have a BA of .045 against Stroman. In 22 at-bats, that hit by Beltre is the only one recorded. Perez counters with a 4.72 ERA, including a 5.01 ERA and 1.62 WHIP at home. He’s gotten wacked for a 7.07 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in his last three outings. I think the Blue Jays should be able to grab another win tonight and pull to .500 again.
PICK: BLUE JAYS (-127)