MLBits: Blue Jays Are Rolling, Mets Strike First in Subway Series, O's Overtake Red Sox, Judge, deGrom, More

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MLBits: Blue Jays Are Rolling, Mets Strike First in Subway Series, O’s Overtake Red Sox, Judge, deGrom, More

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The Blue Jays are red hot, and another lopsided win last night has them sitting pretty as we prepare for the stretch run of the 2022 MLB season. The Blue Jays are now 7-1 since firing former skipper Charlie Montoyo.

Blue Jays Win 7th Straight

The Toronto Blue Jays are rolling, and their offense is on fire. A 10-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in their series opener last night moved their current winning streak to seven games.

George Springer hit a grand slam (his 18th home run of the season), and Vlad Guerrero Jr. (21) and Alejandro Kirk (12) got in on the homer happiness as the trio combined to drive in seven runs. Jose Berríos allowed three runs and struck out seven in his five and two-thirds innings of work in the victory.

The Jays’ current seven-game winning streak features three pre-All-Star break wins over the Royals, a weekend sweep of the Red Sox, and last night’s win over the Cardinals.

During that stretch, the Jays’ offense has been lighting the scoreboard up, scoring 68 runs (9.7 runs per game), with 28 coming against the Red Sox over the weekend. Toronto has been living on the long-ball all season with their 127 dingers ranking fifth in baseball, and there’s been no shortage of bombs on this winning streak.

Toronto is two games ahead of the Mariners for the top spot in the American League Wild Card standings as we approach next week’s trade deadline.

Mets Strike First in Subway Series

For the first time ever, the Mets and Yankees met in the regular season with both teams leading their respective divisions. Pete Alonso’s big night made sure the Mets landed the first punch in a huge installment of the annual Subway Series on Tuesday night.

Alonso was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He got some help from Starling Marte, who hit a solo home run, and Eduardo Escobar, who drilled a first-inning two-run home run off of Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery to give the Mets an early lead over the Yankees.

Taijuan Walker held the Yankees’ high-octane offense to just three runs over six innings of work, and the Mets bullpen was lights out with Adam Ottavino and Edwin Díaz holding the Yankees scoreless over the final three innings.

Manager Buck Showalter raved about Edwin Díaz after the game, calling the veteran closer a rock for the Mets this season.

The Mets are in the thick of a race for the National League East crown with the Atlanta Braves, who are hot on their tails as we approach the trade deadline, but they’ll be getting a big boost soon in the form of Jacob deGrom, who is pitching at Triple-A Syracuse today in a rehab start.

O’s Top Rays, Overtake Red Sox in AL East

Anthony Santander hit his team-leading 17th home run of the season against American League All-Star Game starter Shane McClanahan as the Orioles topped the Rays with their ace on the mound last night to jump over .500 and overtake the scuffling Red Sox in the AL East standings.

McClanahan left the game with the Rays up 3-2, but the Orioles scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to complete the come-from-behind victory. Ramon Urias hit a go-ahead two-run home run to give Baltimore a 4-3 lead and Trey Mancini knocked in one more for good measure later in the inning.

Odds and Ends …

  • Edwin Díaz’s bullpen walkout is pretty sweet!
  • If MLB umpires want to retain control of balls and strikes behind the dish, they’re surely not doing a good job of giving us a reason to get behind them. These three brutal calls all came in the same at-bat!
  • Another win for the Mariners last night, this one of the walk-off variety:
  • Russ Dorsey chatted with Kris Bryant earlier this week, and Bryant talked about the whirlwind that was last season, being traded from the Cubs to the Giants and leaving his comfort zone to join a new team in the thick of a pennant race. Bryant also spoke about regaining the comfort of knowing that he’s not going anywhere for a while after signing with the Rockies this offseason.
  • Top draft pick Jackson Holliday signed his rookie contract with the Baltimore Orioles today:
  • An unbelievable play by Jeff McNeil last night:
  • MLB Pipeline discusses which prospects might be dealt at next week’s MLB trade deadline:
  • Aaron Judge hit No. 38 last night:

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.