2016 didn’t begin quite as Blue Jays’ fans had hoped. After their incredible run at the end of last season, wherein they went from a mediocre .500 team to a team 24 games above .500, many believed that the boys in blue would pick up from where they had left off last season. But that hasn’t exactly been the case. And of all the things, the offense is to blame. Guys like Russell Martin, Chris Colabello, and Troy Tulowitzki, who all played big roles in last season’s success, got off to terrible starts at the plate. Despite stellar starting pitching, the Jays just couldn’t put together any runs and they found themselves right where they were before their historic late season run last year.
Slowly but surely, however, things have begun to improve. The starting pitching remains solid, but now the bullpen is starting to find its identity and the bats are coming alive. Just as the over-reactors were about to write this season off, all of a sudden the team is three games above .500 and climbing closer and closer to the top spot in the AL East. For those who were calm enough to assess the team’s chances, this recent winning streak will come as no surprise. Even though they’re missing the likes of David Price and Ben Revere, who played vital roles in assuring that there would be baseball in October in Toronto for the first time since 1993, the team’s offense, which is largely the same, is as potent as ever.
So there’s no reason to believe that the Jays won’t put together another run for the World Series. In fact, there are 15 reasons to believe the Jays will win the World Series this year. You heard it here first, folks.
15 They Have The Best 1-2-3 In All Of Baseball
14 Their Pitching Staff Has Been Better Than Expected
13 Marco Estrada Has Turned Into An Elite Pitcher
12 Darwin Barney Is Contributing Offensively
11 They’ve Been There Before
10 Last Season Left A Bitter Taste In Their Mouth
9 Roberto Osuna Has Developed Into An Elite Closer
8 Michael Saunders Is One Of Their Best Hitters
7 Their Lineup Is Set, Whereas Last Year It Was Uncertain
6 This Has To Be The Year For Bautista And Encarnacion
5 The Year Of Pleasant Surprises
4 Kawasaki Out, Biagini In
3 Guys Like Martin And Tulo Haven’t Even Heated Up Yet
2 Devon Travis Is Back
1 The Jays Don’t Need To Worry About Boston
With about a third of the season in the books, it looks as though the biggest obstacle in the way of the Jays’ run to the World Series resides in their own division: the Boston Red Sox. With young studs like Mookie Betts, Xander Boegarts, and Jackie Bradley Jr., not to mention the always-reliable Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz (what a final seasons he’s putting together), the Red Sox are having an unprecedented season at the plate. Just about everyone in the batting order seems to be sporting a .300 batting average with a healthy amount of RBIs to go along with it. But the Jays shouldn’t be too worried about their division rival. It’s unlikely that Boston will remain at this pace offensively, and they have more than a few weaknesses in their pitching staff.
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