The Blue Jays got their asses handed to them this weekend by the Boston Red Sox. There’s no other way to put it. That was hideous. They got owned.
On Friday, the Jays grabbed an early 3-0 lead, but let it slide away. Marco Estrada couldn’t find the strike zone, and the bullpen wasn’t able to hold things down. The Sox eventually won with a big 11th inning rally. 7-4 Red Sox.
On Saturday, the Jays celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday by getting destroyed. Francisco Liriano wasn’t good, Chris Sale was very good. 7-1 Red Sox.
On Sunday, the Red Sox completed the sweep by absolutely kicking the shit out of Joe Biagini and the bullpen. The Jays bats again got nothing going, but it didn’t matter at all. 15-1 Red Sox.
All in all, the Jays got pounded 29-6 over this three-game sweep. They now sit 9.5 games back of the division. Even the most optimistic believers are having a hard time seeing the light at the end of this tunnel.
Justin Smoak at the plate, MVP chants in the stands. #BlueJays— Laura Armstrong (@lauraarmy) July 2, 2017
Things that were good
- Uhhhhhhhhh…. Nothing? I mean, hell, what can you really say? The Jays got destroyed. The pitching got knocked around, the offence got nothing going. Half of the runs the Jays scored this weekend was on one swing by Justin Smoak in the first inning of Friday’s game. It was awful. The only good thing is that it’s over and we can try to pretend it never happened.
- Actually, Justin Smoak deserves some praise. He had five of the team’s 17 hits this weekend and has been a massive bright spot all year. Raise a glass to Smoak, everyone. He deserves it.
Things that weren’t good
- The bats were very bad. Very, very bad. They managed just 17 hits over the series. They also struck out 29 times.
- The pitching was also bad. Marco Estrada had a hell of a time on Friday. He got pulled in the fifth inning after allowing his seventh walk. Francisco Liriano wasn’t terrible, but five earned runs in six innings isn’t going to win you many games. And finally, Joe Biagini allowed seven runs before being pulled in the sixth.
- All around, fuck, that sucked. I don’t think I need to go into much detail about it. We all thought those horrid losses and injuries in April were rock bottom? We’ve found a lower point. It’s really frustrating and hard to watch. You look at this team and it’s easy to see how much better they could be. We’ve fallen in love with this group over the past two seasons, but now, it’s becoming clear that the good times have come to an end.
The Jays won’t have much time to feel sorry for themselves. They head to New York tomorrow for three games with the Yankees then come back home for four against the Houston Astros. This is that dreaded difficult schedule we’ve been talking about for weeks, and unless the Jays randomly turn things around, this stretch could be the nail in the coffin.