After only winning three of their last 10 games and watching their lead in the AL East dwindle to 1.5 games, coming back from an eight-run deficit to the Cincinnati Reds was the last thing that the Toronto Blue Jays thought they would need to do in order to get back to their winning ways. Much to their surprise, the bats came alive and the bullpen stepped up to defy the odds that the Jays found to have against them after just two innings on Friday night.
Their dramatic 14-9 victory over the Reds can be summed up as nothing other than a complete team win. The Jays saw arguably their best hitter in Edwin Encarnacion break out once again with yet another multi-home run game. Starting pitchers Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchison served as pinch runners. The club’s most recent call-up, Munenori Kawasaki, provided solid play from both the offensive and defensive side of the baseball. The Jays used a total of 19 different players on their 25-man roster, with the majority of them making a positive impact on what was a ridiculously resilient comeback. This team win was exactly what the Jays needed to regain their stride in the AL East.
With the Jays set to welcome the New York Yankees into town for an important divisional matchup on Monday, one in which revenge of their most recent slide will be on their minds, it will be important for them to ride the momentum they captured on Friday night for the duration of their weekend series against the Reds. At this point in the season, divisional play is at it’s utmost importance, as both the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles continue to breathe down the necks of the Jays on a daily basis. The Jays will undoubtedly have to be confident going into Monday night’s matchup against the Bronx Bombers.
With the Jays barely hanging on to their slim division lead in the AL East, a team victory is exactly what the doctor ordered as the they try to get back to their winning ways. The massive come-from-behind victory was a testament to the resilient character that the Jays have as a ball club. Nothing should seem impossible for whatever 25-man roster they field on any given night. A new energy could very well have been born, and the Jays should run with it and try their best to never look back.