Thursday, July 30, 2015

No, Blue Jays, You're Still Not For Real

I can't believe I have to explain this to you now, but seriously Toronto. Get it in your head that this just isn't gonna happen this year. You're under the delusion that you're a serious contender for the playoffs, let alone the wild card. And yes, trading for Troy Tulowitzki and David Price certainly helps your case...but not by much.

Your main sources of power are three over-30 strikeout machines. And you just landed another guy who strikes out a lot. The young players you brought up early on in the season are not helping. Hutchison's disappointing, Devon Travis just got off the DL, and Dalton Pompey just fell off the face of the earth. Your top two pitchers are, again, over 35. And a lot of your roster is scattered and inconsistent. Plus, you have people like Dioner Navarro and Chris Colabello as starters.

Plus, I had a feeling that Daniel Norris would be very big if he had stuck around in Toronto, but he was just handed over in the Price deal, so now you're future could be a Detroit hero.

The biggest problem is one I was just talking about a few days ago, with the Tyler Clippard deal, and that is the fact that the Blue Jays do not have a closer. They have a ton of middle relievers who occasionally close games, and they have Brett Cecil, who isn't the closer anymore. But they do not have a surefire closer, which will hurt them in the long run. I'd say Drew Storen is available, but I don't know if the Nats would be so generous.

And the sad thing is that there is a chance of the Jays making it, but there are too many balls in the air that could prevent them. First of all, the AL West is taking one of the wild card spots, because the Angels-Astros battle is so close that they both have to go through. And also, there are three teams in the AL East with 51 wins, including the Orioles and the Rays. So, the Jays, if they lose more division series', could end up still being in third or fourth place, or simply not the wild card (you can never count on the Twins)

So, even with Tulo and Price, there is still no guarantee that the Jays have suddenly become this big, sprawling postseason behemoth. But they're pretty good at pretending they are.

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