The Toronto Blue Jays just a month ago were a team heading for last place in the American League East Division and a team that had just fired their manager mid-season. With Charlie Montoyo leading the team Toronto headed to the All-Star break with optimism.
Now, the Toronto Blue Jays have won their last six games in a row and have just swept their three-game series versus the fourth-place Boston Red Sox. The Toronto Blue Jays have become one of the hottest teams in MLB since the second half of the regular season began.
Leading the way is young starting pitcher, and first-time All-Star Alek Manoah leading the charge. The six-foot-six right-hander has just entered the franchise history books as the second pitcher to win 20 of his first 40 career starts, joining former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Juan Guzman. An impressive career already for Alek Manoah who two seasons ago was just a High A ball player for the Blue Jays affiliates, the Vancouver Canadians. He has since then become one of the fan favourites and a consistent arm for the Blue Jays to rely on each time he takes the mound.
The Blue Jays have turned around what was looking like a disaster season in the making. The core players of Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guererro Jr, and George Springer are doing their part, but the Blue Jays have seen increased play and production from role players such as Raimel Tapia, Danny Jansen and Lourdes Gurriel Jr, to name a few.
Raimel Tapia had 10 RBIs heading into the series finale against Boston on Sunday afternoon, he added four more to make it 14 RBI’s in his last 3 games. Danny Jansen hit two home runs in the Blue Jays" historic 28-5 victory to open the series, the Blue Jays catcher cashed in 6 runs that game. The Toronto Blue Jays set a club record scoring 40 runs in three games The Blue Jays have found something to ignite the flame and the fire is burning.
Toronto still has plenty of work ahead if they intend to have a chance at the postseason, but the start is exactly what the team needed to get back on track in the final stretch of the regular season. Toronto now holds third place in the American League East standings with a record of 53-43 and trails the second-place Tampa Bay Rays by half a game, the Blue Jays are 12 games out of first place.
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