Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tulo for Zero
Here at Mint Condition, we're rather consistent on our year-to-year events. For example, for two straight years, Mint Condition has constantly screamed at the Blue Jays for undeservedly being in first...only for them to stay in first for the rest of the run. Classic stuff.
While it's not by as steep a margin as last year, the Blue Jays are still in first going toward September, and it's going to take some impressively harsh work from Baltimore and Boston to keep them out of the playoffs.
I am still firm in my belief that the team isn't as good as it was last year, as David Price, Ben Revere and Mark Buehrle made the team truly great, and now they're all gone. Yes, more players like Michael Saunders, J.A. Happ and Marco Estrada have stepped up, but Russell Martin, Roberto Osuna, Marcus Stroman and Jose Bautista aren't to their 2015 conditions.
So, yes, while it's nice that Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki are still elite...it's still not a complete team. These guys aren't close to where they were in 2015, when they, yes, in hindsight, DESERVED to scratch and claw their way to the ALCS. Here...they aren't whole. They aren't all on the same page. And while they could potentially make a run for the playoffs, I see someone like Boston, who are a lot more consistent all around, or Baltimore, who only have some rotation issues to work out, clinching the division instead.
But...it still could be Toronto. They've surprised me before.
Coming Tomorrow- Your monthly reminder that the Marlins could still potentially make the playoffs.