2023-05-15 · 3 min read · MLB/Baseball
Alek Manoah and the Toronto Blue Jays

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Through the ebbs and flows of a 162-game regular season, peaks and valleys are bound to happen. Ask any fanbase across the majors, and they’ll say the same thing; the highs are very high, and the lows are very low. More often than not, it’s an exaggeration - a constant twisting of feeling between nothing-going-wrong and oh-my-god-the-world’s-ending. Perhaps the best, most prime example of this is the May version of our beloved Toronto Blue Jays.
Being swept by Boston, then sweeping Pittsburgh, then being swept by Philadelphia, and now having swept Atlanta, there has been - quite literally - no middle ground over the past twelve games. Going 6-6, a .500 winning %, isn’t bad - but how they’ve done it, well, it’s wacky and wild and weird and totally unsustainable.
Following a two-hit, complete-game shutout by Chris Bassitt on Friday and a late-inning offensive outburst on Saturday, the Blue Jays entered Sunday’s game riding high. High, like Bo Bichette’s throws to first? No, not that high.
An all-around defensive disaster for Atlanta, culminated with a Raisel Iglesias blown save in the ninth, allowed Danny Jansen to knock a single into left field to score the tying and winning runs. Thankfully so, or otherwise the conversation would have shifted to why on earth did Vlad not hustle out of the box. A deserved discussion, and one that John Schneider certainly had behind closed doors. Nonetheless, a 6-5 walk-off win for the sweep is a good reminder, again, about peaks and valleys.
As it currently stands, Toronto sits in third place in the hellscape known as the AL East - six games behind Tampa Bay, and two back of second-place Baltimore. And with that comes an onslaught of fourteen straight games against the Yankees, Orioles, Rays, and Twins with no off days. A four-gamer against New York kicks off the late-May run, beginning tonight at the Rogers Centre as a struggling Alek Manoah takes on an equally-struggling Yanks’ squad.
To say New York is a must-win series is an overstatement, though it certainly feels that way. A series loss constricts all four non-Tampa teams just that much more, and gives the feeling - factual or not - that the Rays are going to be so far out of reach by July, it could very well be the four remaining AL East teams battling it out for two Wild Card spots.
In other Jays news, reliever Adam Cimber is narrowing in on a return to the big club at some point over the next week or two if his rehab continues uninterrupted. Flamethrower Nate Pearson and veteran Jay Jackson have both looked terrific since joining Toronto and, barring an injury, should make for an interesting discussion with regard to who gets the axe.
31-year-old Jimmy Cordero opposes Manoah on the bump tonight, as the Yankees look to bounce back from a loss against Tampa Bay yesterday. The first pitch flies at 7:07 pm.
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