Blue Jays Update – Week of July 11
It's been an incredibly competitive first half of the season in the A.L.
East, and this one certainly looks like it's going to go right down to the wire. Just when you think the Blue Jays are headed
for a short skid, back to the top of the division they go, with the Orioles continuing to battle blow-for-blow with the Blue
Jays in the standings. Then there are the Yankees, who are also right on the edge of the playoff picture in the A.L. East,
making for the most interesting divisional race in Major League Baseball this season.
And fans are excited to see the
Blue Jays right in the thick of it. Though they haven't made the playoffs in a while, the Jays have a very explosive roster
with players across the board taking their game up a notch. Losing Encarnacion for a few games will make it somewhat tough
in the short-term, but the Jays also have shown that they have a wide variety of contributors from one game and series to
the next, making them one of the most balanced teams in the entire league. With Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera looking to
hold down the fort until Encarnacion is back in the lineup, the Jays still have plenty of firepower.
The Blue Jays also
have a golden opportunity to head into the All-Star break with a few much-needed wins. After scuffling a touch in Oakland
and Los Angeles on a six-game West Coast road trip, the Jays head back to the East Coast for a series against the Tampa Bay
Rays, giving the Jays to take some big divisional wins back home with them during the break. From there, the Jays will have
a nice seven-game home stand to start the second half, starting with the Texas Rangers before hosting defending champion Boston.
Blue Jays Update – Week of July 4
If we've learned anything about the first half of the season, it's that
this year's A.L. East divisional race has all the makings of a classic. So far this year, the well-balanced Blue Jays have
come out swinging, surging to a lead in the toughest division in baseball and helping to push the defending champion Red Sox
all the way close to the bottom of the division. With arguably the most explosive offense in the league and some great starting
pitching, the Blue Jays look like the team to beat in the A.L. East this season, though both the Yankees and the Orioles have
shown that they have no intention of just rolling over either.
Everyone has heard about the big three (Cabrera, Bautista
and Encarnacion) this season, and for good reason considering how well they've hit all year long. Both home and away, the
Jays have absolutely jumped all over pitching, launching Bautista and Encarnacion right into the heart of the MVP discussion
and Cabrera also continuing to put up massive numbers that speak to how underrated he actually is on the national stage. But
Jays' fans know that it's not all about the big three either, as you can't overlook key contributions from guys like Adam
Lind, Jose Reyes and Brett Lawrie as well.
Then there is the pitching staff, which has been very good so far this season
despite having to go up against a string of great offenses on a regular basis. Mark Buehrle is clearly dominating this season,
putting his name into the hat with the other Cy Young candidates, but R.A. Dickey and Drew Hutchinson have also made some
great starts as well, giving the Jays a very tough rotation that gives them a chance to win every time they take to the diamond.
Though it's definitely not going to be easy, the Jays seem to have the pedigree to make a serious run at the division title
and another playoff run.
Blue Jays Update – Week of June 27
Though there were doubtless a couple
of misguided fans throughout the season who thought the Jays' early success was a bit fluky, a steady stream of wins is the
perfect way to prove otherwise. As we approach the halfway point to the regular season, the Jays continue to put together
big wins, both inside and outside of the division. Recently, the Jays shrugged off a three-game sweet against the Yankees
by coming back and taking two-of-three less than a week later, which is the sign of a talented team that is clearly not intimidated
by the other powerhouses in the division.
Of course, much has been talked and written about the Jays' potent lineup,
and for good reason. Edwin Encarnacion continues to battle reigning MVP Miguel Cabrera for the league lead in RBIs and Jose
Bautista is having an extraordinary season in the heart of the lineup. Then there's Melky Cabrera, who gives the Jays another
major bat that has also caused quite a bit of damage. All in all, the Jays have put together a hitting machine up in Toronto,
with six different hitters in double-digits in homers and just as many tallying at least 30 RBIs on the season. With that
type of balance, it's been "pick your poison" for opposing pitchers throughout the season so far, and that doesn't seem likely
With the Jays holding a lead in the A.L. East, the next few weeks will be crucial, as the Jays would love
to head into the All-Star break with a clean lead in the toughest division in baseball. To do that, the Jays will need strong
showings at home against the White Sox and Brewers before heading to Oakland, where they'll take on the A's in a crucial four-game
set against the A.L. West leaders. The Jays will then stay on the road to take on the Angels and the Rays, providing a major
opportunity to take out some of the top teams in the A.L. before getting a little breather during the All-Star break.
Blue Jays Update – Week of June 20
Even after cooling off just a touch, the Blue Jays and their fans love
where this team is at right now, with a lead of a couple games on the rest of the A.L. East and one of the top offenses in
the league continuing to flourish. Sure, a 162-game schedule is bound to make it a little bit difficult on even a good team
sooner or later, and the Blue Jays now have an opportunity to bounce back from a rough patch and get their season headed back
in the right direction. Most importantly, though, the Jays continue to swing some very hot bats, giving fans plenty of reasons
to think that a new winning streak is right around the corner.
In between a couple of tough losses, the Jays still had
some major bright spots, including in a really nice outing from J.A. Happ to close out a four-game set in Baltimore against
the Orioles. With the O's trying to build a little momentum and move closer to the Jays, Happ pitched six strong innings,
letting up just one earned run and improving his record to 6-3 on the season. More important, the outing made sure that the
Orioles wouldn't be gaining any ground on the Blue Jays this time around, keeping the Jays comfortably at the top of the division.
the win, the Orioles also got a reminder of why the Jays are so dangerous, particularly with Edwin Encarnacion still swinging
a red-hot bat in the heart of the order. Though his numbers have slowed a little bit following his straight up ridiculous
June, in which he bashed 16 homers and drove in 33 runs, Encarnacion has still been a major factor while providing protection
for Jose Bautista. With the Blue Jays looking to build up some momentum heading deeper into the regular season, fans are definitely
liking their chances of seeing Toronto swing their way into the playoffs.
Blue Jays Update – Week of June
With arguably the best offense in baseball and the second best record in the American League, it's looking pretty
good right now for the Blue Jays, though they also know that this is the not the time to get complacent. As the Yankees start
to get healthy and the Orioles continue to make it tough on everyone they play, the Blue Jays know they're in for a fight
the rest of the season in the A.L. East, though fans certainly have to like their chances after the signs the Jays have shown
so far. Even after a couple of losses to the Cardinals and the Twins, the Blue Jays have proven that they aren't going to
get rattled by a mild losing streak.
It also helps in a big way that the Blue Jays have what many consider to be the
best core part of a lineup out of any team in the entire league. Jose Bautista is now well-established as one of the premier
power hitters in the league and is having yet another brilliant season, leading the team in batting average and on-base percentage.
But it's not just about Bautista either, as Melky Cabrera is having a great season and Edwin Encarnacion is starting to swing
a red-hot bat that is already propelling the Jays to some big wins. With Encarnacion now amongst the league leaders in power
production, specifically homers, the Jays have an unbelievably tough lineup to get through no matter who takes the bump against
And the Jays will need that offense to keep on clicking as they hit the road for a crucial part of their schedule.
After a four-game set in Baltimore, the Blue Jays will then head to the Bronx to take on the Yankees before heading to Cincinnati
for a little interleague play against the Reds. Then it's back home for another three-game set against the Yankees, which
will give the Jays yet another opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the standouts in the ultra-competitive
Blue Jays Update – Week of June 6
If you haven't been paying attention to the Blue Jays,
well, it's probably time to start. The Blue Jays have been the hottest team in baseball in recent weeks, propelling them to
the top of the A.L. East standings despite it being arguably the toughest division in all of baseball. Continuing their red
hot baseball, the Blue Jays went to Detroit and swept the A.L. Central-leading Tigers in their own ballpark, making it a big-time
statement that the Jays are not a team to be trifled with. And that's mainly because the Blue Jays have been showing an ability
to do a little bit of everything, dominating on both the mound and in the batter's box.
With that formula, it's been
really translating into wins galore, as the Blue Jays entered a home series against the Cardinals having not been beaten in
a series since they lost one to the Angels all the way near the beginning of May. The Blue Jays have already had their fair
share of major winning strikes as well, opening a significant lead in the A.L. East over the Yankees, the team that routinely
are picked to win the division.
Over a recent five-game winning streak, the Blue Jays also showed exactly what makes
them so dangerous. Over that span, the Jays didn't let up more than three runs and averaged more than seven, which has been
the type of baseball that fans have come to expect from the Jays. With Mark Buehrle already up to 10 wins on the season and
counting and Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion locking down arguably the top lineup in the league, the Jays
have their fans thinking about a lot more than just winning the division. Thanks to a nice home stand upcoming against the
Cards and the Twins, the Blue Jays will be looking to keep up the momentum and extend their lead even further in the A.L.
Jays Update – Week of May 16
After winning five straight games recently to get right back
into the heart of the A.L. East standings, the Blue Jays are looking to continue their strong May with plenty of big matchups
that will bring them up against other superstars. But the Jays are gaining a reputation as having one of the very best lineups
in the league, giving them a chance to take down a win every time they take to the diamond. With the second highest slugging
percentage in the league and the fourth most runs, the Blue Jays can slug it out with any team in league.
And one of
the reasons why that holds true is because of Jose Bautista, who remains one of the most feared hitters in all of Major League
Baseball. With an OPS hovering near 1.000, Bautista has been one of the most productive hitters in the league, belting 10
homers and 28 RBIs in his first 40 games of the season while posting an on-base percentage above.430. Melky Cabrera Edwin
Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie have also been major factors in the heart of the lineup as well. With three hitters having 23
RBIs or more by mid-May, the Blue Jays have one of the best-rounded lineups in the league, which has been the key to remaining
around.500 in the toughest division in baseball.
One also couldn't overstate how good Mark Buehrle has been, as the
veteran southpaw has been one of the most dominant players in the entire league. After going six innings at home recently
to beat the Angels recently, Buehrle improved to 7-1 on the season and holds an ERA near 2.00, providing a major spark in
their rotation. With Buehrle in top form and the Blue Jays continuing to mash even the best pitchers in the league, the Jays
look like they'll be right in the heart of the race for the division this season.
Blue Jays Update – Week
of May 9
Even hovering around.500 heading into the middle of May, the Toronto Blue Jays have shown plenty of signs
so far this season as they look to round into form and make their move up the A.L. East standings. With two recent shutouts
of the Phillies and other big wins against the Pirates and Red Sox in recent weeks, the Blue Jays have shown they can do it
both in the batter's box and on the mound, giving them a chance to win every time they take to the diamond.
a major factor so far this season has been Mark Buehrle, who has been one of the most dominant pitchers in all of Major League
Baseball so far. Leading the A.L. in wins with six following his seven shutout innings against the Phillies recently, Buehrle
looks locked and loaded this season and has been baffling hitters all over the league at this point. It also doesn't hurt
that Buehrle has an ERA below 2.00, putting him in position to win plenty of games moving forward if he can keep it going.
Also showing some major signs has been Drew Hutchinson, who was leading the team in strikeouts with 44 following his seventh
start of the season.
But even though the pitching has mostly been there for the Blue Jays, this is still a team that
can bash the ball with any other team in the league. Jose Bautista continues to get on base at a league-leading clip while
also leading the Jays in homers and RBIs, though Melky Cabrera also has been a major factor as he leads the team in batting
average and hits. Even pitcher Hutchinson got into the act recently by going two-for-three during an interleague matchup with
the Phillies. With a big home stand against the Angels and Indians on the horizon before hitting the road to take on the Rangers
and Red Sox, the Blue Jays have plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks to push themselves well above the.500 mark.
Blue Jays Update – Week of April 25th
Right near the top of the standings in the A.L. East, even though
it's probably the toughest division in baseball, the Blue Jays are back to their usual tricks. Though they have plenty of
pitching talent as well, they're scoring runs as well as just about any team in the league, racking up the most runs in the
division and continuing to bash pitchers in just about every single series. A lot of it, of course, starts with Jose Bautista,
who is unsurprisingly near the top of the A.L. in homers and runs produced in the early portion of the 2014 season. Bautista
has been so dominant, actually, that he's far and away the leader in walks around the entire league.
And that's just
fine with the Blue Jays, as Bautista's bat now has the type of recognition that allows him to get on base at a faster clip
than anyone else, setting the stage for the rest of the lineup to score plenty of runs. Melky Cabrera has also been dominating,
hitting higher than.350 through the first few weeks of the season, and Brett Lawrie has been knocking in runs better than
any other Blue Jay. Put it all together and the Jays have quite the potential in the lineup, giving them a chance to win every
After winning series against the Indians, the Astros and the Orioles in the early going, the Blue Jays will
have a chance to keep up the early success as they take on the Red Sox at home and then head over to Kansas City to take on
the Royals. The month of May will also start with an interesting matchup as the Jays head to Pittsburgh for their first interleague
matchups of the season. With the Jays looking to continue their move up the A.L. East standings, each upcoming series is a
chance to do exactly that.
Blue Jays Update – Week of April 18th
Looking at the stat sheet for the
Blue Jays through the first half of April, it's the usual suspects in the batter's box making it more than difficult on the
rest of the pitchers in the American League, which is pretty much what Jays' fans have come to expect in recent seasons. Jose
Bautista knocked five homers out of the park and drove in 10 RBIs in his first 14 games of the season, once again making him
one of the best run producers in the entire American League in the process in the early going. Then there's Melky Cabrera,
hitting well above.300 in April and providing the type of spark that has helped give the Jays one of the most prolific offenses
in the league so far. Getting on base nearly half of the time in early April, Adam Lind gives the Jays yet another major threat
at the plate, providing in more reason for opposing pitchers to have nightmares before taking the bump against the Blue Jays.
series wins against the Rays, the Orioles and the Astros in the early going, the Jays are already showing the type of consistency
that will be vital to their chances in the A.L. East, where all five of the teams have shown that it's going to be a long
season of battling for supremacy. Good thing that the Jays also have some big-time talent on the mound, with Mark Buehrle
improving to 3-0 in his first three starts and dominant bullpen hurlers like Brett Cecil and Sergio Santos both shortening
the game and making it very difficult on the opposition already this season. As the Jays finish out the month of April with
tough matchups against the Orioles, the Red Sox and the Royals, they'll be looking to wrap up the month on a high note as
they hope to chase down the Yankees atop the standings.
Blue Jays Update – Week of April 11th
not exactly a surprise that the Blue Jays have some firepower at the plate, and they're once again showing their prowess as
they look to make their move up the standings in the toughest divisions in baseball. With Jose Bautista smacking the ball
out of the park and Melky Cabrera doing a bit of everything, the Blue Jays can do it all when they're digging in, giving them
a chance to win every time they take to the diamond. Splitting tough early series with division rivals Tampa and then getting
a big shutout of the Yankees as well has the Jays thinking about making a move up the A.L. East.
On the hill, the Jays
also aren't exactly lacking in firepower, as Mark Buehrle ripped through lineups in his first two starts of the season and
both Brandon Morrow and R.A. Dickey have shown signs of brilliance as well. With one of the most balanced rosters in the American
League, the Blue Jays should be right in the thick of the division all season long as they hope to pull it all together, though
it definitely helps to get off to a great start in the first month of the season.
After some tough away series in the
early going, the Jays will then come home to take on the Orioles and the Red Sox to wrap up April, providing a couple more
early-season divisional tests in the process. Other big series on the horizon will be when they take on the Pirates in their
first interleague matchups of the season, which will go down on the road toward the beginning of May. With plenty of big games
coming up both at home and on the road and a team that is gaining a considerable reputation for having plenty of potential,
the Jays are one of those teams that you don't want to miss out on this year.
2014 Toronto Blue Jays Schedule
another season absolutely loaded with great matchups that are sure to have fans talking, fans will be pouring into the stands
en masse to see if the Blue Jays have what it takes to rise all the way to the top of the division. The Blue Jays are coming
off a decent 2013 season in which they were able to notch 74 wins, but in the extremely competitive AL East that record landed
them in last place. There is a lot to like about this Blue Jays team, however, and fans should see why then they head to the
Rogers Centre this season. It's always a riveting experience to be there in the stands when the Blue Jays hit the field to
take on some of the best teams in Major League Baseball, providing a steady stream of twists, turns and nail-biting moments
as the Jays hope to give their fans another memorable year.
The Blue Jays will have their work cut out for them in the
A.L. East this season, and that's why games against their divisional foes mean so much every time one of those teams comes
to Toronto for a tilt with the Jays. The Rogers Centre should be a packed house when the Boston Red Sox come to town this
season, as the Sox are fresh off a 2013 season in which they went all the way to the World Series and won the World Championship.
The Blue Jays can make a serious statement by taking down the Red Sox at home this season, a statement that will put the rest
of the American League on notice that the Jays are not a team to be trifled with.
The Jays will also host some very
good National League teams this season when interleague play gets up and running. It's always a treat for fans to see teams
that they don't get to see a lot of, and it gives American League fans a chance to familiarize themselves with players from
a different league. Interleague games are some of the most fun every season, and fans always come out to the ball park in
a big way for these contests. Once you're there watching the big game the way it was meant to be seen, you'll understand loud
and clear what Blue Jays baseball is all about.
Toronto Blue Jays Team Info
The Toronto Blue Jays play
in the American League East division of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the Tampa Bay Rays, New York
Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. This is often one of the most competitive divisions in the MLB ranks, and the
Blue Jays have their sights set on the top of the standings. The Jays finished last in the division in 2013, but that can
be misleading when you're dealing with a group of teams as good as this. The Jays managed to win 74 games last season, and
they certainly have to talent to see that number increase significantly in 2014. With Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and
R.A. Dickey leading the way, the Blue Jays are sure to give their foes some serious fits as they look to swing their way up
the A.L. East standings.
The MLB Experience
Baseball is a part of American and Canadian culture, and fans
of the game love to spend the day at the ballpark enjoying the sport they grew up with. Watching the game from the stands
will make you feel like you're almost in the game itself, and that's what keeps bringing people back to the stadiums year
after year. The Blue Jays are always ready to put on a show for their fans, and you can be there to experience everything
that comes with seeing an MLB game in person this season.
When it's that time of the year and your favorite team is
gearing up for a pennant race, there is only one place to be, and it definitely isn't sitting on your couch watching on your
high-def TV. Ditch the drab living room and get out to the stands, where you'll join in the heart-pounding action in another
intense season of Major League Baseball. Though there are a few other sporting options out there, Major League Baseball remains
the classic game that fans have been enjoying for generations – a trend that isn't likely to slow down any time soon.
Toronto Blue Jays History
The Toronto Blue Jays franchise was founded in 1977. Initially the team played its
home games at the Exhibition Center before moving to the famed SkyDome in 1989. The Jays then moved to their current stadium,
the Rogers Centre in 2005. The Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, one of which was won by a
Joe Carter home run that is one of the most famous players in the history of Major League baseball. With great players like
Carter, Roberto Alomar, Paul Molitor and more dominating for the Jays over the years, this is a team that has a rich history
of stars and a roster always packed with players who can change the direction of a big game in a real hurry.
Blue Jays Trivia
Did you know that current Blue Jays player Joe Bautista holds the franchise record for the most home
runs in a single season?
Bautista hit 54 dingers in 2010 to set the all-time Jays record.
Toronto Blue Jays are always looking to make moves to better the team, dedicated to put a winning product on the field for
the fans to enjoy. The fans of the team appreciate that and regularly show up to the stadium to cheer on their beloved Blue
Jays. Get out to the ballpark this season to see some of the most loyal fans in Major League Baseball cheering their hearts
out for their favorite players. Home or on the road, you can bank on there being plenty of passionate fans that come out to
support the Jays, providing the perfect backdrop throughout the season as the Jays look to round into form and make a run
at the postseason.