The Toronto Blue Jays are a clear work in progress. They have a young staff and a lineup that is centered around a man that has had one good season in his career. Jose Bautista is clearly the centerpiece of the ball club. The problem is that before his 54 home run performance of last year with the Jays, he had 59 career home runs since 2004. I hope everyone is able to see where I am going with this. Can you count on that type of production again this year? I don’t think so. I think he comes back much closer to Earth and by that I mean somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 home runs and 100 rbi. That is still a great season of course, but I just don’t see him able to reproduce last year’s performance. Looking at the rest of the lineup you are looking at JP Arencibia at the catcher spot after the Jays let John Buck walk to Florida. By the way, Arencibia has played in 11 career games. They have Adam Lind working on his fielding at first base with Aaron Hill, Yunel Escobar and Edwin Encarnacion likely rounding out the infield. The outfield is where you will find Bautista, Rajai Davis and Travis Snider, although the acquisition of Juan Rivera could cause some controversy with the starting three in the outfield. When you look towards the pitching you will see a ton of question marks and you will realize why they have no shot at all in the AL East. I’m not saying that this is a bad staff. I’m saying that it is a staff full of question marks and young potential. You are looking at a mixture of Ricky Romero, Scott Richmond, Brandon Morrow, Brett Cecil and the main piece of the trade that send Roy Halladay to the Phillies, Kyle Drabek.
This team has a lot of question marks in their rotation, just like the Orioles, but their lineup isn’t nearly as good. The Blue Jays fight for fourth place and lose and finish in last place in the AL East in 2011