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2021 Blue Jays: A Split In Boston, Catching the Rays

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The 2021 Blue Jays have been on the losing side of some close ball games since the season began, however, taking on the Boston Red Sox with an opportunity to gain some ground in the standings and a team effort earns them a split in the two-game series.

2021 Blue Jays: Game One, Ryu hit hard by Red Sox

The Blue Jays landed in Boston to take on the first-place Boston Red Sox who they trailed by three games in the standings heading into game one on Tuesday night. Hyun-Jin Ryu was on the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays and had his worst outing of the season. He pitched five full innings giving up 8 hits, 4 earned runs, and 1 home run, and finished with a 3.00 ERA. The Blue Jays offense did not provide much support for the 2021 Blue Jays ace as they only had 4 hits and posted two runs through 9 innings.

This game was also the 200th Career MLB game for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. he went hitless in the game but still managed to get on base as his first at-bat resulted in a walk. The Blue Jays fell to 7-10 on the season with this loss to the Boston Red Sox.

2021 Blue Jays: Game Two, The Bats Come Alive

The Blue Jays had a shot at redemption in the second and final game against the Red Sox, and they did not waste the opportunity. At times it seemed as if Toronto was going to blow it but the bullpen provided consistency in a seven-pitcher committee to get the job done. The Blue Jays started right-handed pitcher Trent Thronton in the second game at Fenway Park, Trent Thornton went two innings and allowed no runs while giving up two hits.

The Toronto Blue Jays may have given up 10 hits in the game but they were able to match the Boston Red Sox by racking up 10 hits of their own while scoring six runs. The Blue Jays would take the lead early scoring a run in the first inning and adding three more runs in the second inning, keeping Boston off the scoreboard until the fourth inning when they gave up one run. Boston would score again in the fifth and 8th inning but, the Blue Jays would provide insurance in the final frame tacking on two more runs giving them a 6-3 victory, and giving Ryan Borucki the win, he is now 2-1 on the season.

2021 Blue Jays: Catching the Rays

The Toronto Blue Jays head to Tampa Bay as they prepare for a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The three game series will begin on Friday, with game two going on Saturday and the finale scheduled for Sunday. The Tampa Bay Rays are currently second in the American League East standings, the Blue Jays are third and can close gap and have a chance to overtake the Rays if they can sweep the series.

Game One

The Toronto Blue Jays will send undefeated left-handed pitcher Steven Matz to the mound on Friday night, Matz is currently 3-0 on the season with a dazzling 1.47 ERA and 18 strikeouts. The Blue Jays will need the same outing as his past three as they will face Tyler Glasnow for Tampa Bay, Tyler Glasnow the right-handed pitcher is also undefeated this season with a 2-0 record and a 0.73 ERA and 36 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM Eastern Time on Friday evening.

Game Two

The Blue Jays will look to left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray in the second game of three against the Tampa Bay Rays. Robbie Ray is 0-1 on the season but has looked good at times after a late start to the 2021 season due to injury. He has 6 strikeouts and a 1.80 ERA so far this season. The Tampa Bay Rays have not announced their game two starter so we will have to await the official rosters prior to game day to learn who he will battle on the mound with. First pitch of game two is scheduled for 6:10 PM Eastern Time on Saturday night.

Game Three

The Blue Jays are pulling out all the big guns for this important series against the Tampa Bay Rays, as they send ace Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound for the Sunday finale at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays are using three left-handed pitchers in a row and hopefully avoid the sting of the Tampa Bay Rays. Hyun-Jin Ryu will look to bounce back after tough start against the Boston Red Sox, he now has a 1-2 record, and a 3.00 ERA while racking up 21 strikeouts. First pitch of the series finale is scheduled for 1:10 PM Eastern Time on Sunday afternoon.

2021 Blue Jays: Trying To Get Healthy

The Blue Jays continue to battle injures and are hoping to have some key players return to the lineup in the very near future. Toronto hopes to have centerfielder George Springer make his Toronto Blue Jays debut soon, he is eligible to return to action while the Blue Jays take on the Rays. Toronto also hopes to have a few more pitchers available to them in the coming days and weeks, currently working with only nine available pitchers out of the bullpen, they used seven pitchers in one game versus the Boston Red Sox.

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