The great thing about finding power hitters in the prime of their careers - you can often find players that were released by other organizations because they just couldn't produce on a regular basis. Double E was a great example of this, the Cincinnati Reds basically packaged Edwin Encarnacion up with some prospects for Scott Rolen. Rolen was definitely in the twilight of his career. Luis Gonzalez of the Diamondbacks, Kevin Millar of the Marlins, Jose Bautista, Ryan Ludwick of the Reds, Cecil Fielder, Eric Thames all had non descript careers only to produce and turn into series players later in their careers. Justin Smoak is a player that both the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners considered a can't miss prospect. The Jays were able to grab him for nothing. His 2 run bomb on Sunday off Luis Severino proved that he is going to be a bat to be counted on for the foreseeable future. The Jays represent a match up nightmare with back to back switch hitters. Smoak and Morales will continue to give the Jays dream match up in run scoring situations. Justin should easily eclipse his career high of 20 homers this year.
The Bringer of Rain was able to hit a ball out of the strike zone, into the seats in right centre field. Tyler Clippard was throwing gas, mid to high 90's and most hitters would have struck out on that pitch.
The Jays bull pen stepped up and Joe Smith and Robby O were able to shut down the Yankees for the hold and save. Jays split weekend series with Yankees.