John Gibbons: ‘I still believe our offense is due to erupt’

The Toronto Blue Jays are in a tough spot, down three games to zero against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons knows Toronto is in trouble but is hoping his team’s offense can burst out in game four.

”We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Toronto manager John Gibbons told the Associated Press. ”That’s an understatement.”

”I still believe our offense is due to erupt,” Gibbons said. ”It hasn’t happened yet. But I’ve seen it too many times. Hopefully tomorrow is that day, we’ll see.”

Gibbons loaded offense erupted against during Toronto’s three-game sweep against the Texas Rangers in the ALDS, scoring 22 runs. But since then, Blue Jays batters have struggled mightily against the Indians, scoring just three times through the series’ first three games. With a stacked lineup of Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista, more was expected from the club’s offense, yet they’ve barely been able to muster anything in the series.

Gibbons knows his lineup is capable of producing runs at a healthy rate, but credit where’s credit due: the Indians pitching has been incredible thus far, and there’s no guarantee Toronto will suddenly start scoring runs this late in the series. The Blue Jays will have one last opportunity to showcase its powerful offense on Tuesday. If it doesn’t show up a fourth time, Toronto’s season will likely be over.


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