Blue Jays AL East Recap: Blue Jays Regress

May 16, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis (29) hits a two run double in the fourth inning during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis (29) hits a two run double in the fourth inning during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 21, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez (13) is congratulated by teammates during the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
May 21, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez (13) is congratulated by teammates during the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /

Battlin’ Boston
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A down week by their foes saw little upward movement from the Boston Red Sox. Boston saw successes against the St Louis Cardinals to start the week, but suffered some big losses to the Oakland Athletics at the end of the weekend. The Red Sox are still down by four games in the division, and clinging closer to .500 than the top. Eduardo Rodriguez was the highlight of an otherwise disappointing week for Boston’s rotation. Chris Sale has been the only consistent force this year, and a rebound from Rodriguez would help the rotation stay float while waiting for another ace, David Price to return. Red Sox bullpen arms did their best to mitigate the damage, but achieved mixed results bailing out the rotation arms.

The biggest disappointment of the weekend was the Red Sox offense. Despite coming alive to end the week, the Red Sox still suffered some pretty heavy adversity during the first three games of the Oakland series. Athletic bats matched Red Sox production pace for pace to start the weekend, something the Red Sox should have blown past. Boston will have to battle against a surging Rangers team and a struggling Mariner team this week, they’ll need to match the Rangers toe for toe to gain ground on their foes.

Final Takeaway:

The Red Sox have made little advancement past the middle of the division. Experts would not have predicted the Red Sox competing with the Tampa Bay Rays at this stage of the season, yet here we are.