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Your! Call: What is the reason for the Jays' recent success?

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Ken Rodney, TSN.ca
6/17/2013 5:25:30 PM
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The Toronto Blue Jays, winners of five in a row and eight of their last 10 games, are currently the hottest team in Major League Baseball.

While this recent surge still has them four games below .500 and last in the American League East, they have pulled to within five-and-a-half games of the second Wild Card position, currently held jointly by the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers.

The question is, what has been the biggest reason for their recent success?

Offensively, Adam Lind is on fire, not just during this stretch but for the entire month of June. In the 13 games played this month, the Blue Jays first-baseman/designated hitter has a .439 average with four home runs and 13 runs batted in. Overall, he is hitting .350 for the season with a .561 slugging percentage.  He is also currently on the three-game, multi-hit streak, highlighted by three hits and his eighth home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Rangers, giving the Blue Jays a sweep of the series.

Infielder Edwin Encarnacion is tied for fourth in the American League with 18 home runs and is putting together another solid power season. He's driven in seven runs in the past 10 games for the Jays and hit .282 over the same stretch. His defensive abilities were on display in Sunday's win when he stabbed a line drive at the hot corner.

Centrefielder Colby Rasmus has homered in each of the Jays last three games and driven in six runs in the process.

Since he gave up five runs in a 5-0 loss at the hands of the New York Yankees on May 17th, starter Mark Buehrle has been solid. He is 2-1 in the five starts since that loss, with an earned-run-average (ERA) of 1.91 and has pitched at least six innings in each start. In the process, he lowered his overall season ERA from 6.33 to its current 4.66.

The Jays have won both games started by Chien-Ming Wang, who was signed after his minor league release by the New York Yankees. He picked up a no-decision in his first start, where he went seven-and-a-third innings and gave up five runs against the Chicago White Sox. In his second start, he threw seven shutout innings to lead the Jays to a 7-2 victory over the Rangers.

The Blue Jays bullpen has been a strength of the team all season and they have continued to perform at a high level, led by closer Casey Janssen, who has converted 14 of 15 save opportunities this season.
With many things to choose from, our question to you is, what has been the biggest reason for the Blue Jays recent success?
It's Your! Call.




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