The newfound optimism around the Toronto Blue Jays triggered by a season-best five-game winning streak proves that hope springs eternal, even amid the hard realities of baseball in August.
Fans on radio-call in shows pumped by the recent surge and sportscasters who should know better are calling them a contender again, a description that ignores the cold, hard facts the team is facing.
Streak puts Jays in chase
Jays fans can be optimistic next season due to a pitching staff that will be anchored by Halladay and hopefully a healthy A.J. Burnett and filled out by Marcum, McGowan and possibly Litsch, if Chacin doesn't regain his command in the off-season. The bullpen is strong and if B.J. Ryan can regain his form, it will be even stronger.
Give this team a chance. They'll all be back next year, including the likes of Troy Glaus who everyone seems to want to trade away. This is a guy that can be counted on (when healthy) to put up great offensive numbers.
Remember, at the beginning of the season, the Jays rotation included the likes of Zambrano and Ohka, both of which have been thankfully released. Towers is finished, the past two seasons have proved that.
The young pitching staff will be the key to next year. Let's hope the 'sophmore jinx' does not come into play.
Ryan, 2007-08-15 07:14:56
Jay-Z, 2007-08-14 22:08:31
Also Troy Glaus has been a huge disappointment this year. He seems injury prone and at I believe at $ 16,000,000 a year they can find a better third baseman than him.
Vernon Wells and Frank Thomas havent had good years either. Add that and the slow start the pitching got off to and they were done before the all star break.
I guess there is always next year ( the theme in Blue Jay land since JP came here ).
James, 2007-08-05 21:31:26
But there are some positives.
They've got some really decent young pitchers: Marcum, Accardo, McGowan, Litsch, Jansen and League.
I feel that when they are for sure out of it, they should give a lot more playing time to Curtis Thigpen and Adam Lind and bring up a couple of prospects.
Then in the off-season they can trade Burnett and BJ Ryan to get a really good outfielder and catcher.
Gordon S., 2007-08-03 04:09:45
Ohh well hockey season is just around the corner lol.
Go Leafs Go
Jimmy, 2007-07-26 23:10:56