Saturday, June 13, 2015
Ten in a NO.
I stand by my theory that every June, the Blue Jays have to get inexplicably hot. I don't know why it happens, especially this often, but it does. Right now, the Jays have won nine in a row, fueled by awesome baseball from Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion, and all the usual suspects. So now, naturally, all the sportswriters and fans and common folk are going "HEY! LOOK AT THIS! LOOK AT THE BLUE JAYS! THEY'VE WON NINE IN A ROW! They could be legit this season!"
And, at the same time, they neglect the fact that the Jays have had this same kind of surge three years in a row now, and absolutely nothing has come of it every time. I mean, do they expect this time to be different? What do they have now, besides Donaldson and Martin, that they didn't have before, that can push them over the edge and catapult them into the playoffs?
Nothing. This is basically the same kind of formula they've been using, emphasizing mega-hitters like Bautista and Edwin, and not especially emphasizing defense, with the exception of a few of the younger players. They tried to improve the pitching by putting Drew Hutchison at the center of the rotation, but that didn't work, and R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle, guys who are older but still really good, went back to playing well, despite nobody else in the rotation really doing anything.
So...what are the sportswriters expecting to happen? Do they honestly think that they're gonna stay this good for the next 3 months. Do they think that somebody like Tampa or the Yankees can't get back into that 1 spot for a while? Do they think that the guys who are hot now will STAY hot? I honestly don't get it. It baffles me.
Here's what I think's gonna happen- they win their tenth, today. And they lose the eleventh, and lose a bunch more, and sink back into the #3 spot, and stay there for the rest of the year. The Blue Jays are not a playoff team. Not now, at least.