While their bullpen woes made a return after a five-game hiatus in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, the Toronto Blue Jays continued to see Jose Reyes improve his game. The All-Star shortstop has had a slow start to the season and is now showing signs he is going to quickly make the top of the Blue Jays’ batting order even more dangerous than it already is.
After Friday night’s game against the Halos, Reyes managed to finally bring his batting average back over .200 as he went 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI. Although his overall stats for the game are indeed impressive, it was his game-tying solo shot to right field in the eighth inning that stole the show. When Reyes is on his game, he can be the most exciting and entertaining player on the diamond.
Reyes’ confidence in his ability to steal bases has apparently come back as well. The speedster has three stolen bases in his last three games, including a swipe of third base on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. His ability to get around the bases in a hurry has attributed to the Jays’ ability to manufacture runs any way they possibly can. Reyes’ speed allowed him to score on a wild pitch to open up the scoring on Friday night in Toronto.
With Toronto’s shortstop beginning to show some serious signs of life, the Jays’ overall game will continue to improve. As long as he continues to get on base and come up with clutch and timely hits, the Jays will have a chance to beat any given team on any given night. Reyes is no doubt a game changer and if he is able to stay healthy, so will the Toronto Blue Jays’ overall game.