Blue Jays AL East Recap: Jays Hang Tough

Jun 4, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) celebrates with designated hitter Kendrys Morales (8) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) celebrates with designated hitter Kendrys Morales (8) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
5 of 5
Next
May 29, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rays defeat the Rangers 10-8. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
May 29, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rays defeat the Rangers 10-8. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Rays Struggle Away
29-30

The Tampa Bay Rays struggled away this week. Despite winning a series against the Texas Rangers they were crushed by the Mariners to end the week. They now sit a game below 500 and are tied with the Blue Jays in the last place.

The Rays offense has been key to their successes lately, and their bats were alive and well against the Rangers, but silent in Seattle. Tampa’s rotation has struggled recently as well, their starters let up 31 runs on the week. Including a Alex Cobb being shelled by Seattle for 14 hits and 9 runs. This performance has created much fatigue with their relief corps as well. Especially as Erasmo Ramirez, their usual inning eater, is filling in again in the rotation.

The news doesn’t get much better elsewhere. Brad Miller is expected to return from the DL to help compliment their offensive capabilities but they did lose Matt Andriese to the DL as well. Derek Norris is also Day to Day with back spasms. Tampa will look to get off to a good start on their stint at home playing the White Sox and the Oakland Athletics.

Final Takeaway:

Tampa Bay is getting the offensive production they could have hoped for lately, but has seen leads evaporated as their rotation and bullpen have deteriorated in quality. As they get more and more plagued by injuries, they could fall even further in the standings.

Next: Blue Jays What If’s Part 3: The Donaldson Trade