Blue Jays: Boston Series Takeaways

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 25: Steve Pearce
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 25: Steve Pearce /

The Toronto Blue Jays took on the Boston Red Sox over the past few days but only won one-out-of-three games. However, it isn’t all bad.

When Boston came to town riding a two-game losing streak, they were hoping to break it against the Blue Jays during this series. The Bosox did just that taking two of the three games which were all decided by one run. It’s never good to lose but through those losses, the Jays showed some promise.

Travis is heating up… mildly.

Devon Travis played only two of the games this series but he looked to be in better shape than he has been for almost the entire month.

The two games against Boston he went 2-for-8, one of which was a home run, as well as scoring three times over the two games. Batting a .250 average isn’t really eye-popping but it is a vast improvement compared to where Travis has been hitting. A quick reminder that he is doing this against the Boston Red Sox pitching staff, who is one of the best and most feared in the league.

He is seeing the ball better and this could start his incline as the great hitter he was a couple of seasons ago.

The Jays made Sale average.

Now, this is something very impressive. Chris Sale has been on fire this season coming into the game against Toronto with a 1.86 ERA. Not to mention having his only loss of the season came to Sean Manaea‘s no-hitter.

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Toronto put up three runs against Sale which when you think about it, is no small feat. It was a good outing for any pitcher when you only allow three runs in six innings, but Chris Sale isn’t just any pitcher. Statistically, he is one of the top pitchers in the league, and what Toronto did against him is nothing to scoff at.

Toronto can beat Boston.

The Blue Jays gave Boston a run for their money these past few days and never kept their foot off the gas pedal. They could have even won the last game of the series had it not been for J.D. Martinez‘s 3-run home run.

Toronto showed what they’re made of against a team with names like Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and many more talented players.

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It’s not the perfect or preferred way that I would’ve liked it to happen but Toronto did show a lot of promise throughout the series. And that could come to life the deeper and deeper we get into the series.