Fine, Rob. The Blue Jays would have been a fine playoff team too.
2021 was a tough year for AL East competitors because at the end of the day, only one was going to truly win out. And sure enough, none of the four ended up making the World Series, so none of them really won at all. And because they missed the playoffs as the Yanks and Sox ascended, the Blue Jays got the most screwed of all. They had some epic standout players, some great midseason momentum, and some very smart trade deadline moves. And yet they had nothing to show for it in a shortened postseason year.
Cavan Biggio seemed to have peaked as a rookie. After his 3.0 WAR rookie year he's ballooned downward every year since, culminating in a year where he only hit .224 in 79 games with 56 hits. Not exactly a contact tear or anything. Eventually he lost the starting 3B spot to Santiago Espinal.
2022 Prediction: Biggio will finally find a niche, but that niche may not be starting, and it may not even be with Toronto.
2022 Prediction: A stronger start than usual will keep him a starter, but he may not be on the playoff roster.
Then we have, as usual, the Blue Jays' catching carousel. The team employed 4 catchers in all this year, and while they did trade away Riley Adams, they were left with 3 equally qualified catchers fighting for a starting spot. Their usual starting catcher, Danny Jansen, did deliver his best season with a 1.3 WAR and some decent defensive numbers, but he still hit .223 with 11 homers in 70 games. He continues to feel like the more lightweight option at backstop.
2022 Prediction: Shifts towards being a professional backup, and perhaps for the last time as a Blue Jay.
2022 Prediction: Cut by July.
2022 Prediction: He gets the job, and hits 30 homers.
2022 Prediction: Fewer starts, but about midway through the season he's gonna be a very successful option as a starter as several others start tanking.
2022 Prediction: A bit more human of a season, but Cimber will be their top non-closing reliever.
2022 Prediction: Signs a cheap deal somewhere. Maybe back to Pittsburgh. And has a quiet, sort of alright year.
2022 Prediction: Top 3 Cy Young voting. Robbie who?
2022 Prediction: Either nobody signs him or he doesn't make the team he spends the spring with.
Coming Tomorrow- A few last stragglers from the World Champion Braves