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 14, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; g of Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) steals second base past the tag of Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brad Miller (13) during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
May 14, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; g of Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) steals second base past the tag of Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brad Miller (13) during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

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Red Sox Can’t Cash In

The Boston Red Sox couldn’t cash in on the failures of the Yankees or Orioles. As the top brass in the East struggled, so did the Sox. They were clobbered by the Brewers in Milwaukee. Coming home for Mother’s Day weekend they looked to pick apart the weak Tampa Bay Rays. That didn’t quite come to fruition as the Red Sox dropped the series to Tampa. On the whole, the Red Sox managed just two wins on the week. The weekend loss to the Rays puts the Red Sox closer to the bottom of the division instead of the top.

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The Red Sox were off as a whole this week. Their rotation struggled outside of Chris Sales‘ start on Saturday. Where their rotation was off, so was their offense. Normally capable of battering any foe, they fell flat. The Brewers bashed better than they did to start the week, and the Rays arms were generally able to corral the offense some are calling ‘the new stinging B’s’. The Sox look like they could use some reinforcements though. Hanley Ramirez reported for Action on Mother’s Day, with Pablo Sandoval beginning to travel with the club as well. David Price is eyeing a return too, and none to soon for Boston.

Final Takeaway:

The Red Sox will travel to St. Louis to take on a surging Cardinals team. They will hope for some more success in the National League.

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