The AL East will be as tough as usual. Don’t fall for the talk about the Boston Red Sox rebuilding or the New York Yankees being too old. Don’t fall asleep on the Tampa Bay Rays and definitely don’t turn your back on the Baltimore Orioles. Even the Toronto Blue Jays, who may not be off to the start they wanted, are more than capable of getting themselves into the thick of things.
The Yankees were in position to make up a game on the Red Sox and separate themselves a bit from the O’s on Sunday, but couldn’t complete the sweep of Toronto north of the border.
The Blue Jays fought off another Yankee rally in the middle frames. They tagged the New York bullpen for six runs, after starter Ivan Nova exited the game after the fifth inning with a 3-2 lead, to put the game out of reach. It was a much needed victory for the Jays.
The Bronx Bombers continue to show resiliency with their makeshift lineup and if not for a few missteps here and there would probably have had the victory against Toronto on Sunday. That’s bad news for the rest of the AL East. An aging and injured Yankee team is a sight for sore eyes for the teams who have been looking up at them for the past decade and a half.
Toronto needs a little more time to gel with their new lineup it seems, but tye certainly have the tools in place to beat New York. Whether they have the firepower long term this season to finish ahead of them in the standings remains to be seen.