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Blue Jays and the full AL East Recap: Week 5

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May 8, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) takes the ball from relief pitcher Jesse Chavez (30) in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Rogers Centre. The Dodgers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) takes the ball from relief pitcher Jesse Chavez (30) in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Rogers Centre. The Dodgers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports /
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Despite a Down Week, Boston Keeps Chasing

Boston Red Sox: 18-13

The Red Sox had a .500 week as they won a series against the White Sox early in the week, only to lose the series to the Yankees this weekend. The story remains positive for the Red Sox.

Their dominant ‘pen and powerful offence helped a shaky rotation keep pace this week. While not as solid as last week’s performance, the Red Sox’ rotation looked a lot better this week than it has in the past. Continued success from their starting arms will allow the Red Sox to keep chasing the Orioles and first place in the division.

However, the Red Sox are not without their troubles. Staff ace David Price was rocked again this week, and although his 4-1 record is appealing, the rest of his stats are not.

Price currently carries the highest ERA of their starting rotation at 6.75, his WHIP is in the bottom half of the rotation as well. And while his strikeouts are as high as ever, this is not the Price the Red Sox paid for.

Additionally, Boston lost Pablo Sandoval for the rest of the season with an injury, while replacing him in the short term is not a problem it does raise season-wide concerns for the team as a whole.

Final Takeaway:

Despite successes, the Red Sox have shown some signs of weakness. If the Sox are healthy, they are a team to be feared, player longevity may very well be their key to success.

Next: Rays Surge at Right Time

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