Blue Jays American League East Recap: Jays Taking Flight

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Apr 23, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) is congratulated by teammates right fielder Jose Bautista (right) and catcher Russell Martin (left) after throwing a complete game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) is congratulated by teammates right fielder Jose Bautista (right) and catcher Russell Martin (left) after throwing a complete game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 13, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter (26) talks to reporters before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter (26) talks to reporters before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

Baltimore Struggles
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Baltimore began the week with much promise as they took two of three from the powerful Washington Nationals. The Orioles squandered that momentum by getting swept by the Royals during the weekend. Despite this, a down week from the division leader keeps the Orioles primed for a chance to reclaim the top spot. They’ll need to do it quickly as the Red Sox, Rays, and Blue Jays are all knocking on the door. They’ll get their chance to quell the surging Jays this week after facing the Tigers.

The Orioles offense battled it out against the powerful Nationals and wound up on top. As has been the tradition this year, the Orioles have relied heavily on the long ball. Nine separate batters all belted at least one home run during the course of the week. While their offense was as powerful as always, it wasn’t quite good enough to bail out their arms. While their rotation was solid, their bullpen faltered at key points. Brad Brach has filled in well for injured Zach Britton, but he’s no replacement for the All Star.

Final Takeaway:

The Orioles squandered their momentum this week, but will seek the ability to crush that of the Jays to end the week. Division rivalries are always heated, it should be a fun weekend at the Skydome.

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