Friday, September 14, 2018
The End of the Toronto Dynasty
Normally, I'd be sad to see a perennial playoff-contending team fall apart like this, but...seeing as it's one that caused me so much misery over the years...I'm really not.
The only principal members of the 2015-16 Jays teams to still be around are Russell Martin, Kevin Pillar, Marco Estrada, Devon Travis and Marcus Stroman. Which is the equivalent of having an Avengers movie with just Hawkeye and The Wasp.
Luckily, Kendrys Morales is still around to hit home runs a bunch of games in a row. Granted, he's not the supreme home run supplier, as most people on the team are prone to hitting around 20 home runs, but with low batting averages and a shit-ton of strikeouts. This is a problem this team hasn't really had in a while. And the problem is really just an over reliance on veterans, and a minimization of a youth movement that...has yet to arrive.
Look, everyone's obviously waiting for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio too if you wanna throw him in there, but...there's a reason they're not here yet. Either they're not ready, or they are ready and they're being held for another season, one that doesn't suck as bad as this one. Look, Gleyber Torres was ready a year or so ago, but he needed time. Maybe the same goes for Guerrero...even though he's hitting literally everything in Buffalo.
The bottom line is...the meshing of the new blood, now including Billy McKinney, and the older veterans, like Morales, scares me. And it may not lead to immediate success in 2019.
Coming Tonight: A pitcher for the Marlins. He has my condolences.