Two win streaks hit nine in last nights, the Toronto Blue Jays win streak, and the Miami Marlins road win streak against the San Francisco Giants. Although it is still quite early in the season, perhaps these are only feel good stories in otherwise disappointing seasons. There is always the possibility that these streaks end up righting the ship and enabling a run towards the playoffs as well.
The Toronto Blue Jays have clawed and scratched their way back to .500 (36-36) after being just 27-36 less than two weeks ago. They have turned their year around, although they are still in last place in the AL East standings. The Blue Jays trail the division leading Red Sox by seven games.
Needing a walk off single in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Blue Jays were able to escape with a win against the Baltimore Orioles last night to extend their winning streak. A clutch performance with two outs by Rajai Davis. Davis delivered a line drive single to drive in the winning run in walk off fashion against Orioles’ reliever Pedro Strop.
A win streak of nine is impressive for the Toronto Blue Jays, but they will need to continue this recent wave of success if they want to make this season a memorable one. Being in baseball’s most competitive division, no one else can say they have a last place team at .500, they will need to maintain this level of improved play.
An average batting team, the Blue Jays offense does enough for them to win games day in and day out. Power numbers are good, checking in at number 8 in the Major Leagues currently, and number 11 in runs scored. Pitching needs to improve if this run is to continue. Toronto is currently 21st in ERA and 28th in quality starts.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey didn’t deliver a quality start in the team’s win against the Orioles last night, pitching 7 innings but giving up six earned runs in the process. Unless the pitching improves drastically, the win streak will struggle to continue.
The Blue Jays aren’t the only team with a streak that reached nine last night, the Miami Marlins extended their road streak against the San Francisco Giants to nine games with a 6-3 win. The Marlins season isn’t likely to turn around anytime soon, and if it does Hollywood will be quick to make a movie about that unlikely tale.
The Marlins record is just 24-49, making their success against a quality team like San Francisco (37-36) all the more surprising. San Francisco is also an impressive nine games above .500 at home this season (23-14) which makes their struggles against a team like Miami more surprising still.
Miami won last night thanks to a huge performance by Marcell Ozuna. After coming up with an RBI single in the sixth inning to tie the game, he delivered once again in the eighth inning with another RBI single to give his team a lead it would never relinquish. The center fielder also threw out Andres Torres while he was trying to stretch a double into a triple during the sixth inning.
Showcasing how unlikely the Marlins win streak in San Francisco has been, Logan Morrison hit his first home run in just shy of a year, on top of an RBI triple, giving him the biggest night of his recent memory.
Although neither team appears destined to be a contender at the end of the season, things can change in the long and grueling baseball season. A nine game win streak like the Blue Jays and Marlins have been able to carve out is an astonishing feat, and a sign that perhaps there is some life in these clubs after all.
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