The Toronto Blue Jays have all of a sudden reached the top of a log-jammed American League East after sweeping the Boston Red Sox on the road at a very quiet Fenway Park. The Jays will now make their way back to the Rogers Centre where they will play 16 of their next 19 games at home.
This next particular stretch of baseball will undoubtedly be the most important set of games the Jays will play all season long. With their batting order relatively healthy and the starting pitching doing an overall solid job, what the Jays will do over the course of the next two and a half weeks will tell the tale of exactly what this ball club is capable of.
The home games in particular will be of utmost importance. The Jays have enjoyed a solid first quarter of the season on the road, going 16-11 thus far. They haven’t played as well in Toronto, going 10-11 in their first 21 games at home. Great teams know how to win at home more often than not. This will be key for the Jays, given the teams they are going to be forced to welcome into town starting tomorrow night.
The Jays will begin their home stand against a very tough Oakland Athletics team that has solidified themselves as a contender over the past few seasons. Later on they will welcome in the always good St. Louis Cardinals after they face the AL Central Division leading Detroit Tigers on the road in the Motor City.
The schedule that the Jays face over the next few weeks will be anything but easy. However, if they continue to play well-balanced baseball and keep getting runs early in games, the Jays could solidify themselves as the front-runners to take the AL East. Nobody has run away with the division as of yet, and there’s no reason to believe the Jays are not capable of doing so given the play they have shown they are capable over the past 10 games.