Rule #1 “Never sleep on a team that has a point to prove, that’s when they’re the most dangerous.”
Truer words have never been spoken. And for the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays, those words couldn’t ring more true.
It’s no secret the Blue Jays vastly failed to put it all together in 2013. Sure, there were glimpses of greatness followed by the occasional memorable moment, but other than a handful of walk-off hits, an 11 game win streak, and a surprisingly phenomenal bullpen, the Jays were nothing to write home about.
Finishing below .500 yet again and being bit with the injury bug all season long, the Jays GROSSLY underperformed to say the least.
With that said, fans still poured into Rogers Centre showing their support. Game after game, series after series. It was odd to see but the place was actually packed for once.
Still suffering from the heart breaking Game 7 loss in the NHL Playoffs, Toronto turned to the Blue Jays to numb the pain. There was a baseball resurgence throughout the city and for the first time in a long time Torontonians were truly excited about the game of baseball.
How could you not be excited when you have this guy…
A year removed from winning the offseason sweepstakes, away from the limelight, letting the hype and hysteria die down, the Jays are pretty much an afterthought in 2014.
The AL East will be sleeping on the Jays this year and boy do they have a point to prove.
Rule #2 “Respect the power.”
Let’s be real. The Jays have pretty much no starting rotation to speak of. But those who cannot pitch, simply hit.
Toronto has one of the most high octane offenses in the league, so producing runs is never a problem especially with the Dominican Bash Brothers leading the way. If healthy, expect Bautista and Encarnacion to put up 80+ HRs and 200+ RBIs collectively.
2014 Potential Starting Lineup & 162 Game Avg. Stats
- Jose Reyes – 13 HR, .292 AVG, 53 SB
- Melky Cabrera – 11 HR, .284 AVG
- Jose Bautista – 31 HR, 85 RBI
- Edwin Encarnacion – 29 HR, 91 RBI
- Adam Lind – 26 HR, 91 RBI
- Brett Lawrie – 18 HR, 70 RBI
- Colby Rasmus – 23 HR, 73 RBI
- Dioner Navarro – 12 HR, 55 RBI
- Ryan Goins – Only 119 career at bats
When it comes to home runs and putting runs on the board, the Jays have continually been amongst the game’s elite. Putting up big power numbers is what they do best and for the team to be successful in 2014, they must continue their offensive prowess.
And continue they shall…
Although offensively gifted, the Jays still have many unanswered question marks.
- Which Brett Lawrie is going to show up? The extremely talented, future All-Star or the one who bats .200 during the first two months of the season?
- Is Goins offensively sound enough to be a starter?
- Will relying on a 39 year old knuckle-baller to be our “ace” bite us in the butt? (Probably)
- Can Bautista stay healthy?
- Can Reyes stay healthy?
- Can anyone stay healthy?
Even with our shaky rotation and unanswered question marks, I still whole-heartedly believe the Jays are postseason bound, which leads us to…
Rule # 3 “Always Believe.”
If you don’t believe in your team, who will?
Here’s to you, Dickey. Go out there and get us a win.
Happy Opening Day and may the odds be ever in your favor!!!!!