Thursday, September 15, 2016
End of Jays
J.A. Happ hasn't had a breakthrough season like this since he was with the Phillies. And he's doing it for the Toronto Blue Jays, the team they traded him to (for Roy Halladay). So...they've got that going for them.
I think the Jays have shown some growth and improvement over the course of the season, even if they haven't always been in peak condition. The pitching especially has been pretty solid, and people like Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders have kept the lineup strong.
However...the tide is beginning to set. The Tigers and Mariners have caught up BIG TIME to the Wild Card lead, which the Blue Jays, thanks to losing some crucial sets, are now a part of. It's looking like one spot will go to the Red Sox/Orioles (whoever loses, really), so it's between the other 3 for the last one. The Mariners haven't lost a game in a week, and the Tigers are, as usual, ferocious, strong and want the gig.
The Mariners and Tigers have momentum, something the Blue Jays, losing the majority of their last few contests, are beginning to lose.
In order to secure that last WC spot, which I honestly don't want them to grab but I'm playing devil's advocate here just like with the Cardinals, they'll need to step up their game and make sure the people who were having stellar seasons keep doing the same things. It's going to be tough for the Jays to sneak in, but...it could happen.
I'd just prefer it didn't.
Coming Tomorrow- Aside from the start of a nice little project to speed us through the end of the season, the rookie with the most upper-crust name the MLB's had since the 1800's.