These days, the Blue Jays are well-known in Major League Baseball and have been two-time World Series champions.
After expansion, they joined the American League East Division in 1977. They are the only Canadian team in MLB. Their start was difficult, with the franchise struggles that many franchises experience early on. Things started to look up in 1983. They won the East Division title in 1985 after finishing last in several seasons.
They really found their feet and won the division in 1989 and 1991. This was before the franchise’s two greatest seasons. The side won the 1992 World Series championships with an all-star team that included Devon White, Roberto Alomar and John Olerud.
They have not won since, even though they won the East Division again in 2015, and entered the play offs via a wildcard placing in 2016. There, they won the Division Series, but failed to qualify for the Championship Series.
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Toronto’s batters have reached.254 in road games this season, which is the 2nd-best mark in MLB. They also average 4.65 runs per away game.
On Tuesday, the Jays traded pitchers Trevor Richards (Bowden Francis) and first baseman Rowdy Terez to acquire them from the Brewers. Richards was also part the Rays’ Willy Adames trade. This was Richards’ second trade in six weeks. Richards, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound righthander, made six relief appearances for Rays and 15 for Brewers. Together, they went 3-0 with a save and a 3.69 ERA while fanning 41 batters in 31 1/3 innings. Francis, 25, is 7-3 with a 3.62 ERA over 11 starts between Triple-A Biloxi & Triple-A Nashville.
Although Charlie Montoyo, the manager, doesn’t know when Richards can join the team yet but he already anticipates the impact that the righty will have in the bullpen.
Montoyo stated, “He’s the right man.” He’s a great guy. He does a great job. He did a great job last year for [the Rays], and he did a great job for the Brewers. “So, I expect the exact same from us.”
Montoyo stated Tuesday that Alejandro Kirk, the catcher, is “100% healthy”, but that he will continue his rehabilitation assignment. Kirk has been suffering from left hip flexor discomfort ever since May. To get extra minor plate appearances, he will be on the 60-day injures list.
Alek Manoah, the top prospect in pitching, will be taking the mound. In a win over Rays, Manoah had a career high of 10 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings. In the sixth inning, Manoah held a no-hit bid and struck out seven Blue Jays-record-breaking batters. He then gave up a single to Francisco Mejia. He inducing a record 23 swinging strikes including 11 on his slider. He finished the game with a 35% CSW (called strikes plus whiffs).
In five of his seven starts since May, the rookie right-hander at 23 has thrown five innings and allowed one earned run or less. In 36 innings, he has a 2.70 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. He also has a 43/12 K/BB ratio (seven starts).
Manoah, who stands 6’6″, started the season as the No. 1 prospect in the organization. Manoah is the No. 5 prospect and third-ranked pitcher behind Simeon Woods Richardson and Nate Pearson. The right-hander was drafted in the first round by the MLB Draft 2019. He will be the second major league player to make his debut this season. Manoah started this season in Triple-A after he was unable to play last season due to the cancellation of the minor league season. He appeared in three games and gave up only one earned run during 18.0 innings.
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