The month of May has been a special one for the Toronto Blue Jays. After finishing the month of April on a 12-14 record, which was good for third place in the A.L. East — a calendar flip later the Blue Jays found themselves first in the division, with 9 games over .500 and 2.5 games over the second place N.Y. Yankees. What a turnaround has it been!
The Blue Jays went 21-9 in May, tying their previous win total set back in May 2003. The Blue Jays as a team led the major leagues in winning home runs, runs, extra base hits and slugging percentage. Let’s now look at some of the highlights from the past month.
This man showed the league why he and his parrot should be headed to the All-Star game. He is definitely one of the most underrated superstars in the game. Not only did he break Jose Bautista’s home run record for the month of May, but also set a new record for most home run hit in a single month with 16 in franchise history, which was previously held by Jose in June 2012, when he hit 14.
Edwin has been on a tear all season long, and it has been a pleasure to watch. Not only did he stop there, he tied Mickey Mantle as the only player to hit 16 in the month of May in the American League, which he previously set in 1956. He came a home run shy of tying Barry Bonds when he hit 17 in 2001. He also surpassed George Bell for the most RBI’s by a Blue Jay in May with 33.
Edwin has been a monster all month long after a slow start to the season, which made pitchers walk Jose Bautista a stunning 30 times compared to 16 times in April. Even if Edwin cools off in June, which is highly likely, pitchers are well aware of what Edwin can do, thus giving Jose Bautista a much needed protection behind him.
The 9 Game winning streak
Though the streak ended in a heartbreaking fashion it was a winning streak that gave the Blue Jays a much needed confidence and momentum. Didn’t it feel like everything was going the Blue Jays way? From starting pitching that went deep in ball games to the potent offense that has done what it has been doing all year long to its defense which has been stellar all around the diamond.
On route they swept threes teams, including the Oakland Athletics — the best team at the time, two division rivals of the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. The win streak was fun to watch in which the Blue Jays would come out swinging putting up big numbers and in other games they played small ball, and used their speed. This win streak definitely came at a better time than last years 11 game win streaks because they never saw themselves digging out of a hole.
He is making a case for himself to stick with the big club. After getting called up when Colby Rasmus was sent to the DL, Gose has never looked back. It is amazing to see a 1-2 punch with Jose Reyes at the top of the lineup with Gose at the bottom. Every aspect of his game has been improved since his last stint with the team. He is seeing more pitches, and taking pitchers into deeper counts which we never saw last year.
Defense and Speed was something he always brought. There were couple of games as clear examples where he won with his legs — putting pressure on the opponent’s defense. He is playing out to be the player Alex Anthopoulos wanted in the Roy Halladay trade. I definitely think he has earned a longer look with the Blue Jays.
It’s been an incredible month and hopefully the Jays could pick up where they left off.
|FINAL - Streak: 2 wins
W: Clippard, L: Robertson, SV: Oh
|Time: 3:03 - Attendance: 29,091|
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