Blue Jays American League East Recap: Stumbling out of the Gate

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Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 9, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini (16) is congratulated by third baseman Manny Machado (13) after scoring a run against the New York Yankees during the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini (16) is congratulated by third baseman Manny Machado (13) after scoring a run against the New York Yankees during the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

Orioles Flying High
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The Orioles took no time in silencing doubters about their credibility this season. Their young rotation has performed excellently, allowing one of Baseball’s best bullpens to take control of the later portion of the game. Baltimore has not looked lost without 2016 staff ace Chris Tillman, who is still out for an undetermined time frame. Despite a new look rotation, their offense is about what it was last year, and the Jays felt the sting of the Mark Trumbo resigning day one. Despite a hot start to the season, the Offense was decidedly lacking from their early season form last year. For them to hang in with a tough division, they’ll need their offense to keep pace well into the season.

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The Orioles biggest question will still be how their new rotation holds up to the ongoing grind of a baseball season. They’ll need their rotation to continue to perform as admirably as they did this past week. If their rotation begins to falter, even their mighty bullpen won’t be able to reverse their fortunes to for too long.

Final Takeaway:

The Orioles picked up where they left off last year, and to little surprise have been on fire since day one. Of course, it helps that Zach Britton finally got his call from the bullpen.

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