Pre-Series Notes: The Blue Jays welcome Brandon Drury and the Reds to town

The Cincinnati Reds are coming to Toronto, which means a special homecoming for none other than Brandon Drury.

Much like the series the Blue Jays just won against the Seattle Mariners, this one against the Reds is a handful of games they really shouldn’t be losing. Cincinnati completely mailed it in this season and they have a record of 11-26.
Now, that being said, this roster features a dangerous amount of random former Blue Jays who have the opportunity to become Blue Jays Killers…
Brandon Drury, who I mentioned off the hop, has seven home runs and a slash line of .243/.328/.514.
Jeff Hoffman, one of the guys from the Troy Tulowitzki trade, is now a reliever with a 1.83 ERA.
Connor Overton, the guy who was DFA’d to make room for Jake Lamb last September, has a 1.82 ERA through four starts.
Worth mentioning…

#Reds Joey Votto is heading home to Toronto to begin a weekend series vs #BlueJays.
As a 17 yr. old, he was named to the 2001 Toronto Star Team. We’ll hear from the All-Star 1B on #BlueJays Central beginning Friday on #Sportsnet
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) May 19, 2022

Joey Votto, who is expected to rejoin the Reds in Toronto, was asked what sights he wanted to see in his hometown: “The center of the baseball. … Maybe the second deck, somewhere around there.”
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) May 18, 2022

The star of the series, of course, isn’t actually Brandon Drury, it’s Joey Votto, who’s making what’ll very likely be his last trip to Toronto in his playing career.
Votto has one more year plus a year with a team option on the 12-year contract he signed back in 2012. He’s hinted at retirement, and nobody would blame him after what the Reds are making him endure this season, but even if he doesn’t, we won’t see the Reds make another trip to Toronto for a few years.
In nine games at the Rogers Centre, Votto has eight hits, three …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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