30 April 2013

Are the Blue Jays done?

Perhaps the biggest disappointment in baseball this season has been our friends north of the border. As we all can recall, Toronto was extremely aggressive in the offseason, with the help of the Marlins in part, bringing in R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Melky Cabrera among others and remaking a club that sagged to a 73-89 finish. Expectations were pretty high with goons like myself predicting them to win the AL East. However as of today, they are in last place in the division with a 9-17 record and are tied for the second worse record in baseball. Are they done?

If you like to utilize numbers, and I know that many don't, Toronto is in fact done. The excellent website Sports Club Stats says that the Jays have only a 0.8 percent chance of making the postseason, barely greater than the Houston Astros (0.7 percent) and the Miami Marlins (0.2 percent). I feel like somebody is going to ask me "So you're saying there's a chance?"

So yeah, the Blue Jays are all but done. The pitching was widely thought to be the strength but has been awful today, with the 28th best ERA and near the bottom of the league in almost every statistic. Save for J.A. Happ, nobody in their rotation has an ERA lower than 4.50. Dickey has been very disappointing in particular and Buerhle and Brendon Morrow have also really struggled this year. The offense has been a mess as well and with Jose Reyes on an extended stay on the DL, it is not going to get better anytime soon.

Now could the Blue Jays light it up and make the postseason? Sure. Could I learn to fly? Sure. But let's be honest, neither thing is going to happen.

1 comment:

  1. its just nice go AA to put together a winning team with a loser manager