Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post
Game 1: Yankees 6 Blue Jays 1
Game 2: Yankees 4 Blue Jays 2
Game 3: Yankees 3 Blue Jays 5
Game 4: Yankees 4 Blue Jays 7
In their first test of the 2018 season, the Toronto Blue Jays were able to salvage a series split with the World Series contender New York Yankees.
Blue Jays fans seemed discouraged and hopeless after the opening two games at Rogers Centre, but the long ball was able to propel Toronto to success in the final two matches of the series.
Heading into the season the new look Jays lineup seems to be constructed quite similar to last years ball club, a team who is going to have trouble getting on base consistently.
With that being said, the teams true strength looks as if it will be in the starting pitching staff, with five very capable individuals taking the mound each day.
Throughout this series the staff did an exceptional job of holding the Yankees fire power to a minimum, as New York poses one of the deepest lineups in all of baseball.
New Yankees superstar Giancarlo Stanton is a substantial threat every time he steps into the batters box, and more often than not the Blue Jays pitchers were able to work effective at bats against him.
Aaron Judge was also neutralized for the majority of the series.
The biggest bright spot for the Blue Jays came from last year’s All Star Justin Smoak, especially in the final two games of the series.
Smoak put together a 6 for 8 showing in the final two games, slashing a pair of homers (including a grand slam), and eight RBI’s in the process.
One time MVP, Josh Donaldson seemed to get better as the series progressed, as he started the season with what he refers to as a ‘dead arm’, unable to throw anywhere near to his full potential.
Donaldson will have to get back to starting everyday at 3rd base for the Blue Jays, while putting up impressive offensive numbers if the Blue Birds hope to get back into a playoff spot this upcoming fall.
Toronto’s second test of the new campaign has them scheduled to play the Chicago White Sox for a three game set.
First pitch for all three games is set for 7:07 p.m. from Rogers Centre and can be seen on Sportsnet.
More news from the diamond
- In game 3, Kevin Pillar became the first player in Blue Jays history to steal three bases in the same inning
- Game 3 marked a special promotion for the Blue Jays, giving away Justin Smoak bobbleheads to the first 20,000 fans inside Rogers Centre
- Excluding the opening game of the series, Toronto’s bullpen didn’t give up a single run through 9.1 innings
- Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will start the season on the 60 day DL, having to undergo surgery on both feet
More coverage to follow. Image from Sporting News.