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Blue Jays and the AL East Recap: Week 3

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Apr 24, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Ezequiel Carrera (3) hits a single against Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 24, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Ezequiel Carrera (3) hits a single against Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
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While it was a bad week off the field for the Blue Jays, there were many positives on the field

Each week, Jays Journal will take a look at the bigger picture of the AL East to help frame not only where the Blue Jays are in the standings, but why they are there.

BAL 11-6
TOR 10-10
BOS 9-9
TB 8-10
NYY 7-10

The suspension of Chris Colabello highlighted a week of woes for the Blue Jays. Not only did the Jays lose Colabello, but both Michael Saunders and Russell Martin are day to day with injuries. While it would be easy to write this week off as a bust for the Jays, it was anything but.

Despite a passed ball causing the Jays to lose the series against Baltimore, there were a lot of positives on the field this week. The starting rotation continued to look very good, Drew Hutchison was excellent in his first outing of the year, and Ezequiel Carrera was the unlikely hero of the weekend. Carrera went 4-for-5 on Saturday night, scoring three runs with a stolen base and a few spectacular grabs to go with it.

As if his career night wasn’t good enough, he homered on Sunday, scoring the Blue Jays first run of the game. He then proceeded to go 2-for-4 with a walk on the day. Did I forget to mention he did all this from the leadoff spot?

So while the Blue Jays suffered, they have a lot of answers. The Blue Jays are still flush at first base, Carrera have completely mitigated Saunders’ absence, and have extra catching depth in the minors should it be needed.

Final Takeaway:

The Blue Jays saw many positives on field that saw a lot of off-field drama, it’s finally starting to look like everything is clicking at once though

Next: Baltimore cools down atop the division

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