The 2013 MLB season has been a disappointment for Blue Jays fans thus far. The off season was filled with promise and lofty expectations but to this point, the fans have not seen the results they were looking for. Most nights the fans have had to walk out of the Rogers Centre or turn off their TV to disappointment over one of lack of quality pitching, and/or lack of offense. Through 18 games the message in the city has been about staying patient as this team has to much talent for the way they preform night in, night out.
Sunday, in their 8-4 win over their rival New York Yankees, the team showed their sold out fan base that they can be patient as well. Patience can be showed in many different ways and the Blue Jays hitters showed their patience at the plate. The Yankee SP Pitcher Ivan Nova only made it through 5 innings as his pitch count reached 101 and he could no longer hit his spots. It was clear to start the game the Jays were going to keep a wait and see approach at the plate and this strategy worked out for the boys as they were able to draw 4 walks off Nova and another 2 off their relievers. The Blue Jays have had success all year long when they are patient at the plate. They are now a perfect 3-0 when they walk 5 or more times in a game. If you are reading this and wondering if being patient and taking base on balls is important, look at today’s line for DH Adam Lind. Adam had four at bats and walked every time while scoring twice. Sometimes as a player its important to remember that while being aggressive is important, its very beneficial to see what the pitcher is throwing and if they decide to walk you, take it and smile as good things will happen.
The team will now fly off to play a three game set in Baltimore before heading to New York for four games against the Yankees. The win will hopefully bring confidence to their bats and if they continue to be patient at the plate, then maybe the Toronto fan base will see the results they were so hoping for on opening day.