The Toronto Blue Jays simply don’t lose at home anymore.
R.A. Dickey threw 7 innings of 2-run ball and Jose Reyes smacked a home run for the second consecutive day to lead Toronto their 7th straight home victory by a final of 8-3 over Detroit. Dickey cruised, for the most part, through his 7 innings, and although he struck out “only” four batters in the game, he seemed to have complete command of his stuff for the second straight outing. As for Reyes, he appears to be 100% after that lengthy DL stint, and the shortstop added 2 more hits to his 3rd-inning homer for a 3-for-5 day.
The Blue Jays, now at 41-41, are still very much alive in the AL East race despite a dismal start. They trail by a lengthy, 8-game margin in the division, but they are only 5.5 games out of a potential wild card spot, and it would be a mistake to sleep on them for one reason.
They have R.A. Dickey and Jose Reyes.
That may seem crazy, but their #1 starter and best player have both been letdowns thus far. Reyes missed a lengthy period of time with an ankle injury that has kept him to just 63 at-bats on the year, and Dickey struggled mightily to begin the year. However, with Reyes mashing (already) as he emerges from the DL, and Dickey seemingly in a groove, they could go a long way toward closing the gap in both the division and Wild Card races.
After a rough couple of months, the bandwagon is re-filling in Toronto.