The Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night thumped the visiting St. Louis Cardinals by way of a score of 10-3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 21st home run of the growing season, and George Springer broke things open with this particular sixth-inning grand slam:
The win was the Jays’ seventh in a row. They’re now 11 games over .500 and in possession of the very best wild-card spot in the American League. Lately, the story has been those Toronto bats. As ESPN Stats & Info notes, the Jays with Tuesday’s outburst are actually just the next team in the All-Star Game era i.e., since 1933 to score at the very least 50 total runs within their first four games of the next half.
For their current win streak, the Jays haven’t just won, they’ve dominated to an extent not seen before in franchise history:
Yes, their recent 28-5 shellacking of the Red Sox does a few of the heavy lifting, but that game and that score counts just as much as any game and score.
The Jays’ improved fortunes have roughly coincided with your choice to go on from former manager Charlie Montoyo and replace him with interim John Schneider. That brings us to the:
For a while, Montoyo had the Jays at the particular level that has been expected of these. They spent 18 days in first place this year on his watch, and on June 15 they reached a season-best 12 games over .500 (a mark they might tie on Wednesday night in the series finale against St. Louis). Soon thereafter, though, Montoyo and the Jays hit a protracted rough patch, which ultimately resulted in his dismissal. In your final nod to Montoyo’s work, the Jays made a little bit of AL history with Tuesday night’s victory:
For Schneider, he’s now 9-1 at the helm, so when you’ll expect he hasn’t had to sweat much along the way:
While Toronto does not have much of the opportunity of catching the Yankees in the American League East, they will have shaved five full games off the lead in just a matter of days, and you will recall that starting this year you can find three wild-card berths in play in each league. In related matters, the Jays getting into Tuesday’s slate had a 94.7 percent potential for making the postseason, based on the SportsLine Projection System. Those drastically improved odds should supply the front office ample motivation to include much-needed pitching before the Aug. 2 deadline.