I’m not talking about the Joe Carter Blue Jays of 1993, when a single swing of the bat exploded every north-of-the-boarder fan causing a catastrophic mass-spill of Labatt Blue and gravy fries all over the country.
I’m talking about the 2015, post-trade deadline Blue Birds. Since acquiring Troy Tulowitzki (sorry Rockies fans) they’ve gone 11-1 and are flat-out crushing the ball like a real life whack-a-mole.
The Jays have won eight in a row and just handed the Yankees their first back-to-back shutouts since May 1999, ending the longest stretch between consecutive shutouts in major league history. The Yankees went on to win the world series in ’99, but who cares, that’s not the point.
Before the Tulo trade, the Yankees were 8 games ahead of the Jays standing tall in first place in the American League East. Now, since the Tulo-show arrived and David Price was acquired on July 30th, the Jays are only 1.5 games back from the Yanks. David Price has won both of his starts since moving to the Great White North seemingly igniting this team’s pent-up baseball angst (no doubt because they have to live in Canada, although I hear Toronto is nice).
The American League East is about to be overcome by a Canadian hit-squad, lead by a plethora of big bats: (Batting Average/On Base %/Slugging %)
- Josh Donaldson – .297/.365/.578, 31 HR, 83 RBI, 82 R
- Jose Bautista – .240/.361/.512, 26 HR, 78 RBI, 73 R
- Troy Tulowitzki (12 games in Toronto) – .244/.358/.489, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 12 R
- Edwin Encarnacion – .251/.349/.476, 21 HR, 64 RBI, 59 R
**Sidenote: Edwin Encarnacion has gone .288/.396/.516 since the beginning of May.
Can the Blue Birds keep this pace going? Or will it just be a big case of Blue Balls (see what I did there?) that will cripple Toronto, leaving them with only memories of what WAS and what could’ve been once more: