Despite losing two out of three to the always powerful St. Louis Cardinals, fans of the Toronto Blue Jays shouldn’t be all together discouraged with their previously surging ball club just yet. The fact of the matter is that the Jays won 15 out of the 19 games that marked their toughest stretch of the season yet, and perhaps the toughest stint of games they will see for the duration of their 2014 campaign.
Over the past few weeks, the Jays were forced to play against very competitive teams such as the Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers and, most recently, the Cardinals. All three of these squads are definitely the best teams within their divisions and will certainly be vying for a spot in the 2014 edition of the Fall Classic. The Jays managed to win seven out of the nine games played against these three tough teams, a number that still solidifies them as contenders within the American League, despite the fact that they dropped the last two games to the defending National League champions.
What fans of the Jays need to realize is that there are still 98 games to be played in the regular season for their favorite ball club. The baseball season is the type of grind that only those involved can really understand. The key to continuing their recent success is for the players to stay healthy and to keep things into perspective. Beating up on division rivals will also be a must if the Jays want to stay atop what still can be the most difficult division in all of baseball, the AL East.
Although the Jays’ bats failed to show up during a tough three-game stint against the Cardinals, the team still remains a contender within the American League. With plenty of baseball still to be played, including much of those games coming against division rivals, the Jays will have to shrug their most recent losses off their shoulders and remain focused and poised to make a run at defending their current position at the top of the AL East.