Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson continues second-half surge feasting on Sale

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Josh Donaldson
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Josh Donaldson /

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson continued his second-half surge this time victimizing Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale for two monster round-trippers.

The former MVP has kicked it into overdrive of late carrying the Jays offence on his back since the All-Star break. The slugger now leads the majors with 24 second-half homers including 6 multi-homer games. Josh Donaldson also leads the league with 15 first inning long balls pacing the Blue Jays out of the gate. The resurgence of J.D. bodes well for the Jays chances in 2018 as the third-baseman has once again quietly put up MVP numbers after a slow injury-filled first half.

Donaldson has inflated his average to a respectable .270 coupled with his 33 home runs on the season. Last night saw Donaldson rack up 3 hits including homers in the first and third innings off Chris Sale. The first home run

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The first home run off Sale came on a center-cut 81 MPH  breaking ball that Donaldson launched over the green monster in left-field. While the second big fly came on a 92 MPH high fastball located on the outside corner that Donaldson went opposite field with all the while putting on a hitting clinic versus arguably the games best hurler.

Donaldson is now the only player in the majors to have taken Sale yard on four occasions throughout his career.

Along with his single and two homers, Donaldson also made this web gem robbing a Red Sox of a base hit. J.D. has been a human highlight reel since the All-Star break.

Much has been said about the future of Donaldson north of the border as he enters his final year of arbitration before he is eligible to test free agency at the conclusion of next season. The way Donaldson can take over a game and carry a team are just a few of the reasons why the Blue Jays need to extend the third baseman long-term and keep him in Toronto.

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For the remainder of the season, J.D. and company will play spoilers but don’t be surprised in 2018 if Donaldson regains his MVP award with authority.