What went wrong with the Blue Jays’ season?
For the countless consecutive year, Blue Jays fans have been watching others’ favourite teams take on the best in the Fall Classic.
After the blockbuster trade with the Marlins last offseason, the Blue Jays’ 2013 lineup was often compared to 1993′s, when Toronto won their second consecutive World Series championship. Vegas had them at 7/1 to win it all this year, but what went wrong?
Blue Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos picked up John Gibbons, who had previously managed Toronto from 2004-2008. Frustrated fans have been using Gibbons as a scapegoat, and some are totally convinced that he’s at fault for the underperforming players. However, the Drunk Jays Fans writers have done an excellent job of Fire-Joe-Morgan-ing Damien Cox by tearing apart every line of his BS.
In April, Jose Reyes was carted off the field of Kauffman Stadium with tears in his eyes and a sprained left ankle. This would be his last game for three months, resulting in the Blue Jays missing their all-star shortstop.
One month later, J.A. Happ would be carted off the field with his head immobilized following a line drive to his head.
Additionally, Melky Cabrera, Josh Johnson and Jose Bautista are all out for the remainder of the 2013 season.
The AL East is famous for being the toughest division in professional sports, being home to the Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, Rays, and of course, the Blue Jays. Teams play others in their division for the most part, and the Blue Jays have struggled to keep up with the red-hot Red Sox. Teams in the AL East have thrived on Toronto’s failure, resulting in the Blue Jays sinking deeper and deeper in the standings. They currently sit 23 games behind Boston and 13.5 games behind the Wild Card. The interesting argument here is that the AL East is making the Blue Jays look bad, because they’re only 21st overall – although still not impressive, they’re not as far back as some would think.
4. Starting Pitching
A man with a perfect game, a no-hitter and 4 gold gloves to his name, combined with a Cy Young award winner and a man who can throw a mid-90s fastball sounds like killer starting pitching, right? I’m referring to Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey and Josh Johnson, respectively.
Dickey’s Cy Young award is yesterday’s news, as he just can’t seem to put up the same numbers with the Blue Jays. Last year, he had a 20-6 record and posted 2.73 ERA. This year, he’s 12-12 with a 4.36 ERA. Buehrle has a 11-9 record and a 4.17 ERA thus far. As for Josh Johnson, he’s finished the year 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA.
Win or lose, the Toronto Blue Jays have an entire country pulling for them. As fans, you have to take pride in every game your team plays; once you finally get through all the heartbreak and disappointments, you get to the joy and celebration – and one day, Blue Jays fans will be marching through the streets of Toronto with flags in the air and smiles on their faces after their long-awaited World Series championship.