Series Preview: Blue Jays Look to Ground Astros
By Jeff Morten
There seems to be signs of life in dem dere Blue Jays. Washington was supposed to be one of the elite teams in all of baseball this year..the vaunted rotation, the deep lineup…and they are. Luckily for the Blue Jays we ran into a less than stellar Max Scherzer and some guy named Taylor Jordan and there you have it: 2 of 3. They continue to score runs in bunches. They still lead the majors in runs scored with 283 which is 31 more runs than the next highest scoring teams: Texas Rangers and….Arizona Diamondbacks??? They have still given up 248 runs so the pitching is still an issue but it seems to be coming less of an issue as the days go by. It is a long season and the likes of Drew Hutchison and Mark Buehrle seem to have turned a corner.
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The Astros are still leading the AL West comfortably at 5.5 games over the Angels and Rangers. Can the Astros keep things going? Collin McHugh has come down to earth a little bit and the offense is worst in the league in terms of batting average. It should be interesting to se how Colby Rasmus is received…and Jake Marisnick for that matter. As I looked at some numbers for this preview the one that stuck out was that Rasmus hit only .226 at Rogers Centre for his career. All power, no hit as evidenced by their league leading 75 homers. If you played all your home games in Minute Maid Park what do you expect?