The Toronto Blue Jays will stroll into their three-game set against a powerful Detroit Tigers lineup as one of the hottest teams in MLB. Although they have finally seen a consistent level of solid pitching from their starters, it has been their bats that have done the majority of the good deeds over the past few weeks. Heading into Motown, the Jays will need their big bats to stay alive, as they will be forced to face some of the best pitching that MLB has to offer.
The Jays are set to face off against Anibal Sanchez, Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander over the next three days. Both Sanchez and Verlander are two of baseball’s best arms, and Porcello has managed to solidify the Tigers’ rotation as arguably the best starting five in the majors.
The stingy rotation that the Tigers have managed to put together, along with the fact that Comerica Park isn’t exactly a hitter friendly ballpark, may spell trouble for the Jays over the next few days if the bats don’t lead by example in each of the three games. The Jays’ pitching doesn’t measure up to the Tigers at all, therefore it will be up to baseball’s most prolific home run-hitting lineup to continue what they have been able to do since the beginning of the season, which is crush a league-leading 82 home runs.
Sanchez will bring his 2-2 record and an impressive 2.49 ERA to the hill against a Jays lineup that has proven to be one of, if not the most potent lineup in baseball on Tuesday night. The Jays will counter with Drew Hutchison, who has struggled as of late and will need to get back on track against a Tigers lineup that can be just as deadly as the Jays have recently been.
The Jays’ offense can’t rely on their pitching to bail them out if they go cold in this series. The likes of Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler will make them pay if they leave it all up to the pitching.
If the Jays want to stay atop the AL East, they are going to have to steal some games against teams like the mighty Tigers. If you want to be the best, you are going to have to beat the best. Led by Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion, the Jays have done a nice job of racking up run support for their starting hurlers.
The Jays can to continue to roll on as top dogs in the AL East, but their bats will have to continue to do the talking when they enter the confines of Comerica Park, home to baseball’s best starting rotation.