The summer finally favours Toronto. Why not start with a exciting match for your summer life?
The Rangers and Blue Jays are ready to get after it again when they open a three-game series at Rogers Centre on Friday. Since the start of the 2010 season, the Blue Jays are 34-21 against the Rangers during the regular season, including 19-10 at Rogers Centre. That’s just in the regular season.
League Division Series, with Toronto advancing both times. The Blue Jays won in five games in 2015, and swept the Rangers in ’16. The two teams certainly play each other with a certain edge that can show up on the field.
The Blue Jays are optimistic Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson will be available to face Griffin. Tulowitzki and Donaldson are both on the 10-day disabled list and have been on rehab assignments at Class A Advanced Dunedin.
Mike Bolsinger, who will make the start for the Blue Jays, is still seeking his first win of the season. In the past five seasons, Bolsinger has only faced one current Rangers hitter — catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who has batted .479 with a home run and two RBIs in seven at-bats against him.
Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak is hitting .292 against the Rangers in his career, his highest average against any AL opponent. Smoak’s 13 home runs against his former team are his second most against any club. Obviously, the Blue Jays will win this race.
|The Cincinnati Reds is one of the true breakout teams from 2010. They won the NL Central, something usually left to the St. Louis Cardinals, and they developed a few true stars that will continue to lead the team for the foreseeable future.
Right at the top of that list of course has to be Joey Votto. He won the NL MVP last year, as he hit 37 home runs, drove in 113 RBIs and bat .324, marking his arrival as a superstar in the major leagues. Not only did the Reds beat out the Cardinals, but Votto beat out Albert Pujols for that title. He has some support with fellow young gun Jay Bruce, as well as hard as nails veterans like Scott Rolen and Brandon Phillips, who seems to make a spectacular defensive play every game.
The rotation is spectacular as well. The Reds boast Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez, and Mike Leake, amongst others, and all of those are young guys still getting better and learning their way.
The Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics have played each other 402 times since 1977 with the Athletic holding the all-time series record at 213-189. Toronto has played better over the past 3 seasons against Oakland with an 11-9 record from 2013-2015. Based on the historical scores, it seems the Blue Jays can easily beat the Athletic.
Toronto (8-17) is coming off their first series win, and winning consecutively for the first time this season. The Blue Jays have stumbled out of the gate and are finding ways to recover without Josh Donaldson or Troy Tulowitzki – both of whom are not expected to return this week, as they left Toronto for the team’s training facility in Dunedin, Flordia after yesterday’s victory.
New York (15-8) are surprisingly off to a good start. The Yankees are off to their best start since 2010 and the Bronx Bombers are 14-4 in their last 18 games. They are currently tied for first place with the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East.
There is only one player to keep your eye on for this series. It’s outfielder Aaron Judge. Judge has four home runs and seven RBI in his last six games. The 25-year old is hitting .303 with 20 RBI, that’s six more than the Blue Jays’ top RBI producer, Kendrys Morales.
Toronto went 12-7 against New York las year, however, they have lost five of their last nine at Yankee Stadium. So who can get the victory of this race? we will see.