Canada’s team currently holds the second Wild Card playoff spot and five Jays have landed in the dugout of the American League’s All-Star team.
At the break, the Toronto Blue Jays™ are just 2 games back of their rival bird, the Baltimore Orioles, in the American League East division. All-Stars, Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Marco Estrada, Michael Saunders and Aaron Sanchez, who will play in the All-Star game in San Diego (July 12), all helped get them to this point.
Donaldson’s consistency hasn’t wavered all season. He heads into the break with 23 home runs and 63 RBI’s. Encarnacion leads the league with a whopping 80 RBI’s and like Donaldson, has 23 homers. And Estrada, with 5 wins and 3 losses, has been solid in every outing. In fact, Estrada – who will not play due to injury – is a record-setter, becoming the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to go 11 consecutive starts of at least six innings, while holding opponents to five hits or less. Late addition, Sanchez (in place of Boston’s Craig Kimbrel), is having a stellar first half, his first as a starter with a record of 9 wins and just 1 loss. And then there’s Canuck Blue Jay, Michael Saunders (aka Captain Canada), who was recently voted onto the All-star team via a last-minute fan vote. O’Canada indeed!
But we can’t forget the other superstars. While they didn’t make the All-Star team, they have been dazzling us with their performances this summer. J.A. Happ has made an amazing return to the Jays going 12 and 3 so far. Then there’s the resurgence of Marcus Stroman who was perfect through the first five innings on July 6 against the reigning World Series Champion Kansas City Royals – a three-game series that the Jays swept.
And how about that Canada Day game when the Blue Jays played 19-innings against the Cleveland Indians?! Even though the Jays lost, fans in attendance and those watching on TV, saw alternating second basemen Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney take the mound as pitchers.
Plus, we couldn’t be happier with the great fan response the WestJet Fanwagon has received in and around the streets of Toronto, on select game days. Also, if you’re heading to a game and want to check out the WestJet Flight Deck, all you need is your game day ticket to get in – hurry though, spots fill up quickly.
Like you, we can’t wait to watch the second half of the Blue Jays season. And, as always, Go Jays Go!