Enjoying the 2018 Major League Baseball campaign? The Toronto Blue Jays have tailed off after an incredible start to the season but fans remain optimistic – we’re not even a quarter of the way through the campaign yet. John Gibbons’ side started the season strongly last year but failed to maintain momentum; the Blue Jays cannot afford to fail in their pursuit of playoff baseball this time around. Check out our thoughts on their upcoming contest with the Texas Rangers…
Blue Jays Desperate For Playoff Push
Toronto are on the verge of something special and Blue Jays fans are excited at the prospect of a positive campaign. Supporters were aggrieved at their slump in 2017 but that was then and this is now; a lot has changed in the offseason. The management and general roster are still in place but there is a different feel to life at Rogers Centre at this moment in time.
This is Gibbons’ opportunity to prove himself on the big stage. Not even the most ardent of Toronto fan would lay down the gauntlet by suggesting that only a World Series triumph is enough but Blue Jays fans want a solid run to the playoffs at the very least. As suggested in last week’s baseball article, Toronto did find it difficult against the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox; winning just one of their six encounters. Those are the matches that will determine how successful the Blue Jays are…
KEY MAN: Justin Smoak. Why would we consider anybody else? Toronto’s main man has carried this team for well over a year and he continues to do so in Josh Donaldson’s absence – much to the delight of Blue Jays fans across the world. He has struggled in recent games but those were all against high calibre opponents and he could bounce back in this series.
Rangers Struggling After Slow Start To 2018
Texas are currently rooted to the foot of the American League West after a very slow start to the new campaign. The Rangers have won just nine of their 26 league games this year; they’ve lost 12 matches on home soil already and a road trip to Toronto might be just what they need to push on and build momentum.
At the start of the campaign, most neutrals expected the Rangers to struggle in 2018 but you won’t find too many who predicted their demise to be this hard. Texas will fancy their chances in this series; the Blue Jays are there for the taking on recent form and the Rangers will be buoyed by four wins in their previous 10 outings. They have shown some form of improvement at least…
KEY MAN: Adrian Beltre. Beltre has been Texas’ shining star so far this year and the Rangers will be relying on him to make something happen again this weekend. With the most hits and best batting average on the roster, Beltre is in decent form and neutrals will be hoping that he performs at his brilliant best. If Beltre shines, this could be an intriguing contest.
We’re going with a convincing Toronto victory. The Blue Jays are a bit hit and miss but it is much easier to pick the Canadian side than it is Texas. The visitors will enjoy the respite after troubles on home soil and could flourish; we may be doing Texas an injustice. Despite all the ifs and buts, Toronto have the more complete roster when it comes down to it and this could be a nice way to start the weekend for Blue Jays fans.
BLUE JAYS 6-2 RANGERS