Despite only being one game above the .500 mark with a record of 23-22, the Toronto Blue Jays surprisingly find themselves only one game out of first place in the traditionally very tough American League East division. Heading into their three-game set at Fenway Park against the 20-23 Boston Red Sox, fans of the Jays have to hope that their baseball club is going into the series with a sense of urgency.
It’s not often that through 40 games, especially in the AL East, a team hovering around the .500 mark still has a chance at occupying the top spot in the division. Nobody in the AL East has taken the division and ran with it thus far, giving the Jays the opportunity to beat on the Red Sox while they are down. This is the perfect time to show the Red Sox that they are indeed division contenders, especially given their powerful lineup.
The defending World Series champions have lost four in a row and are 4-6 in their last 10 games. They are also coming off being on the wrong end of a series sweep at the hands of the red-hot Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. The Jays need to take advantage of the Red Sox’ current skid and the bandbox that is Fenway Park. The Jays have plenty of power on both sides of the plate that should allow them to put the ball in the seats and over the Green Monster a number of times throughout the series.
The Jays are currently second to only the Colorado Rockies in Major League Baseball in home runs with a total of 59. The Red Sox on the other hand, have only hit a total of 34, even though they have had the luxury of playing 24 home games so far this season. If the Jays’ bats are able to stay relatively hot, they shouldn’t have a problem winning the series at the very least.
If anyone is going to run away with the division or at least make a stab at top spot in the AL East, there’s no better time to do it than now. The Jays find themselves in a situation of great opportunity heading into Fenway Park against a struggling Red Sox ball club. If the Jays want to stay relevant within the very tight division, they will have to win this series. If they play their cards right, get solid pitching from their starting rotation and take advantage of the hitter friendly ballpark that is Fenway Park, the Jays can and will propel themselves into top spot in the East.