Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Jays Future

As August begins to draw to a close, the drama of September Playoff-Races start to take full swing, and the Jays are looking to change their poor path around after a rough stretch following the All-Star Break (15-14 since break, 3-7 in past 10).

More and more people doubt the Jays on their abilities, despite finally having Encarnacion and Lind off the DL. If the team doesn’t make the playoffs this year, what’s their next step?
Many sources are already confirming an AA return as GM to Toronto, although nothing is certain yet. As a GM, AA has done almost everything as well as possible. He brought All-Star talent to the roster, who instantly made the team World-Series contenders. No one was second guessing the trade, and how could you? Bringing top-class talent like that to the team was considered a genius move, and no one was bashing him for it. How can you predict a collapse like the 2013 season?
While the Jays have performed better in 2014, they aren’t in the discussion for the World Series. Even if they start to click and make the playoffs, they haven’t had the consistency of teams like the Athletics (up until recently), Angels, or Dodgers to sustain a run under that kind of pressure.

The future isn’t all black for the Jays however, as they do have a handful of young pitchers to make up a solid rotation, in Stroman, Sanchez, Hutchison and Daniel Norris, who is most likely going to be called up to the Jays in September. Despite Hutch not being the most consistent pitcher, he is still only 23 and still has time to develop. If all of the younger prospects perform as expected of them, the Jays could potentially have a solid starting rotation for years to come.
Sure, they may not all be ready right away or perform strong right away, but as pitchers like Dickey and Buehrle reach the end of their careers, they can be ready to take over their spots.

As far as hitting goes, no player is close to retiring any time soon, but in another 5 years that may be a different story, depending on if players re-sign or not.

The hitting core has had no serious issues, with the exception of remaining healthy. Bringing in young talent would be the best way to ensure future success for the Jays, maybe by trading a big name like Bautista or Edwin. It may be extreme, but if the Jays do nothing they will surely continue on this downward spiral.

Unless they miraculously turn it around and make it to the postseason, you never know right?

Monday, 28 July 2014

July 28 - 2014 (A Good Day)

     Well, I guess we can all disregard my last negative post on how the Jays are not likely to do much better over the rest of the season.

     After three strong series wins over the Rangers, Red Sox, and Yankees, new life has sprung back into the team who are now looked at as serious contenders once again. To top this all off the Jays also traded Erik Kratz and Liam Hendriks to the Kansas City Royals for third-basemen Danny Valencia. This would most likely affect the lineup by moving Brett Lawrie to second (once he's off the DL), and send one of the young platoon players back to Buffalo.

     While the move wasn't a blockbuster trade by any means, it's definitely a significant one to cement the strength of the Blue Jays hitting rotation. He will most likely be used in situations against lefty pitchers, as he currently sports a .354 average against left-handed pitchers.

     The only thing holding him back from being a full starter is his weakness against right-handed pitchers, where he currently has a .178 average. No matter how he's used, this move is still something, and it is indeed better than nothing. Only time will tell if the Jays decide to improve the starting rotation before the end of the trade deadline.

     Despite the Jays winning ways since the all-star break, support for the pitching is still a big concern. Since the break, the Jays pitchers have had the 27th best (poor use of the word best) ERA in the majors, with 4.75. Before the break, they were 24th in ERA with 4.07 That isn't good.

     There isn't anything major the Jays will do to overhaul pitching in a few days, but something is better than nothing. Anything would be nice.

     All negativity aside, the Jays are still getting W's, against good teams as well. Once Lawrie and Encarnacion are healthy once again, the Jays will surely be performing at an even higher level. Only time will tell how this season ends, and we're all sitting on the end of our seats waiting to see how it all wraps up.

     And that 14-1 lead the Jays currently have doesn't hurt.