The first perfect week for the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays is in the books. 3-game sweeps of the Rockies and Orioles with an off day mixed in gave the Blue Jays a lossless week, and put them square in the middle of both the Wild Card and AL East race.
The cherry on top of this 11-game win streak? The Blue Jays are no longer in last place!
With a 3 game series in Tampa Bay starting Monday, followed by a 4 game set in Boston on Thursday, the Blue Jays have a chance to continue their assault on the AL East standings this week if they continue their winning ways, and after two weeks since the teams last loss, they’re feeling pretty invincible at the moment.
This may have been the toughest and easiest choice of the season for the GBOAT. There were a myriad of candidates that showed some serious #want, Brett Cecil set the Blue Jays record for consecutive batters faced without a hit, Adam Lind continued to do what I thought were non-Adam Lind type things (as in hit the baseball), Jose Bautista did his best to shut up Darren O’Day, and Edwin Encarnacion made sure his Parrot got enough exercise with a few trots around the base paths.
While all of these guys may have deserved consideration for the GBOAT, none of them are Munenori Kawasaki who not only managed to hit his first career home run Friday night sending the Rogers Centre SkyDome crowd into a frenzy, inspiring this awesome moment below in his next at-bat:
But Kawasaki managed to endear himself even more to the fan base (how is this even possible!?!) by first photo bombing his Dominican teammates who were just looking to take a nice picture
With Jose Reyes literally days away, Mr. Kawasaki’s days (or at least regular playing time) may be coming to an end with the Blue Jays at least in the short-term, but moments like this are exactly why fans are clamouring for him to stay with the big club, and it’s hard to argue with why.
Omar Vizquel Award for Ineptitude
Can there really be a least valuable player when the team hasn’t lost a single game over the judging period? I suppose I could give the (dis)honour to R.A. Dickey whom has continued to struggle in his first season as a Blue Jay, but who wants to be a buzz kill in the middle of an 11-game win streak?
This is the most fun it’s been to watch Toronto Blue Jays baseball in years, when it seemed all hope was lost the Blue Jays came streaking and are right back in the hunt, and you can almost hear the rest of the American League quivering in their cleats.
Could this all end just as suddenly as it started? Sure, crazy things happen in baseball, but this team is playing great right now. Jose Reyes is about to return, Brett Lawrie will be back soon enough, Brandon Morrow’s set back appears to be minor, and Kyle Drabek is beginning to rehab (you can never have too much pitching). This already good team, has very good players joining them over the next few weeks. Can you think of a better “trade deadline acquisition” then getting Jose Reyes back!
As mentioned above the Blue Jays continue their tour of the AL East with 3 games against last place Tampa Bay, followed by soon to be former division leaders the Boston Red Sox. This 7-game stretch (well 10-game if you include the Baltimore sweep) is the most important baseball the Blue Jays have played all season, winning at least 4 of the next 7 would be a great way to keep this going and serve notice to the AL East that the Blue Jays are a force to be reckoned with in the second half.