Pathetic Blue Jays showing vs Astros erases damage Yankees inflicted with sweep

Thanks, Toronto.

Toronto Blue Jays v Houston Astros
Toronto Blue Jays v Houston Astros / Logan Riely/GettyImages
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And here it is, the movie! Apparently, the 2021 "trailer" that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was talking about (which, by the way, was a playoff-less season) has been fully developed. Two early playoff exits (zero victories) and two no-hitters later, and this is apparently the Toronto Blue Jays team the New York Yankees should've been fearing all along.

On Monday night, the Jays were no-hit for the second time in as many seasons, this time by Houston Astros pitcher Ronel Blanco, who was making his eighth career start at 30 years old. This came directly after the Yanks made quick work of the Astros, sweeping them in a four-game set to kick off the 2024 campaign to notch their seventh straight victory in Houston.

But whatever damage New York did to their rival has now been erased. The Astros have newfound momentum thanks to the Jays acting as a doormat. In the 10-0 victory, Blanco was untouchable. He walked just two batters (George Springer, twice) and struck out seven.

The veteran right-hander wasn't even supposed to make the Astros' rotation. Countless injuries, most notably the one that knocked Justin Verlander out for the start of the season, paved the way for Blanco to get his chance.

Blanco's MLB debut came at the age of 28 back in 2022. He only appeared in 24 games before Monday night, logging an ERA and FIP in excess of 5.00. Maybe the scouting report was light but ... really?

Pathetic Blue Jays showing vs Astros erases damage Yankees inflicted with sweep

We served the Astros to you on a silver platter, Toronto. A four-game sweep that built on a seven-game losing streak at home dating back to last season should've been more than enough for you to head into H-Town and at least hold your own.

But a 10-0 loss where you don't record a hit? Bowden Francis on the mound? This is your team?! The offseason upgrades of ... Justin Turner (batting third) and former Yankee Isiah Kiner-Falefa (who eventually came in to pitch in this one), regardless of their performances, can't be doing enough to elevate this roster. Daulton Varsho batting cleanup? Did he not prove last year how bad he was?

Over the weekend, the Jays got completely owned by Aaron Civale and Zack Littell, combining for just three runs in their two losses to Tampa, so perhaps this wasn't entirely out of character. This team peaked in 2022 when they were about to win a playoff game against the Mariners, only to blow a seven-run lead and get swept at home.

All the Yankees' hard work went to waste, as the Astros got the perfect bounceback they needed after one of the most forgettable weekends of any MLB team out there.

Sick movie, Jays! Straight to DVD.

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