Don’t look now, but as the standings read right at this very moment, the Toronto Blue Jays are tied atop the American League East with the Tampa Bay Rays.
As will likely be an appropriate illustration of how things look for whichever team prevails in that tough division, those two teams are there with a hard-earned 7-6 win-loss record. In order for the Blue Jays to keep grinding out victories, they will need their lineup to keep thumping to make up for what could be a thin starting rotation as the long season wears on.
That will mean that they need Jose Bautista to do more of this. In this case the home run found below was piling on, a three-run shot to make the Baltimore Orioles wish there was a mercy rule in Major League Baseball.
This shot was Bautista’s 5th of the season, as his mighty home run swing has been in top form since Spring Training. Now if he can just raise his overall batting average (.200 entering Sunday), he could be the kind of elite offensive player the Blue Jays likely need to get over the top this season.