Blue Jays AL East Recap: Signs of Hope

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May 7, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Darwin Barney (18) celebrates with Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Blue Jays won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Darwin Barney (18) celebrates with Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Blue Jays won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 7, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) pitches to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) pitches to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports /

Re-surging Red Sox
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The Boston Red Sox dueled with the Orioles before taking on the Twins. Their matchup with the Orioles ended in a series draw, as it generally has the last few seasons. The series was overshadowed by the comments by some rowdy fans.

Their games against Minnesota went much better. They walked away with a series win and handed Ervin Santana his first loss of the season. Chris Sale has been every bit as good as advertised, striking out 10 in the game. Boston’s offense has been performed capably this week, highlighted by a 10 run ninth inning against the Twins on Sunday. The power from the offense is a nice sign for the Sox. They have been starved of it during the past two weeks.

The rotation appears to be headed in two separate directions. Rick Porcello has rebounded as of late, and Drew Pomeranz is starting to look more like his All Star version. On the flip side Steven Wright will miss the entire season and Eduardo Rodriguez has been very inconsistent. They could use David Price sooner rather than later.

Final Takeaway:

The new found power in the Boston offense can help propel them to contention. The shaky back end of the rotation can be mitigated by both Price’s return and a powerful offense.

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