New York Yankees (38-21) @ Toronto Blue Jays (22-38)
Holy Blue Jays! I’ll be honest, I’ve been sleeping on this team. I had no idea the 2019 Blue Jays were destroying the baseball and dismantling opponents. Oh, right, they haven’t been.
Coming into this series, the Yankees, sitting at 38-20, and the Blue Jays, at 21-38, were headed in completely opposite directions. So much so, I was screaming sweep (find my Yankees’ series previews here: https://patreon.com/bigbluepinstripes). I was unaware that I was actually screaming sweep for the Blue Jays..
In what was an extremely sloppy game (yes, I’m talking to you, Luke Voit), the Yankees were poised to steal one when they entered the bottom of the sixth with a 7-4 lead and stud reliever Adam Ottavino on the mound. He did his job, as did Tommy Kahnle to follow. Then, Jonathan Holder came in. After Voit’s second ridiculous error (errors were given to Gio Urshela & Gleyber Torres, however, Voit needs to catch both throws), the Blue Jays inched closer, cutting the Yankees’ lead to just one, 7-6.
Then, the eighth inning happened. Ok, Vladito, I see you. You can fucking demolish the cover off a baseball. He took a 1-1 fastball from Zack Britton and hit an absolute fucking missile to left center. Measuring at 434 feet, with an exit velocity of 111 mph, the Yankees’ lead went screaming into the left field seats, as the 3-run bomb turned a 1-run deficit into a 2-run lead for Toronto. The Blue Jays would go on to hit two more solo home runs in the inning to extend the lead to 11-7; which ended up being the final score.
I mean, I always loathe going into series’ against opponents that have extended losing streaks (Toronto had lost six straight coming into this series), because they’re simply due for a win. But, the Blue Jays? THE TORONTO FUCKING BLUE JAYS?! Ah, oh well, we got another game tonight to avoid a horrific sweep against a bad team; and frankly, the Yankees are still in first place, so there’s that!