Blue Jays AL East Recap: Looking for W’s in all the Wrong Places

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Apr 3, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons looks on during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons looks on during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) react after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) react after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /

5 Game Win Streak for New York
8-4

It was quite the week for the Bronx Bombers. They entered the week 3-4, but ended it in second place at 8-4. They quickly dispatched the Rays before a somewhat surprising sweep of the Cardinals. Their rotation has held up remarkably well in the early going, but still remains one of their biggest problem areas. The real hero is their offense, which laid waste to opposing pitchers. The likes of Alex Cobb, Carlos Martinez, and Adam Wainwright all looked like fools in front of the Yankees.

Their bullpen is as good as advertised with Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman rarely making a mistake. Their rotation will continue to be the weak spot in the lineup, though they haven’t looked like a liability in the early going. It’s a long season though, and it’s easy to wonder if Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda can hold up in the long run.

Final Takeaway:

New York has assembled quite the squad of young players, and boy do they know how to hit. Their offense isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, despite their star slugger Gary Sanchez remaining out of the lineup. A good thing to have when you need to bail out a troubling rotation.

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