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How will the Blue Jays do in 2009?
Fri, April 24, 2009

By BOB ELLIOTT, SUN MEDIA

The curtain goes up on a history-making season tonight at the Rogers Centre.

After a strictly Canadian scoreboard presentation, Roy Halladay takes the mound against the Detroit Tigers.

And the rest of way ... well, get ready.

For the first time in this their 33rd year, the Blue Jays open the season with three arms in their starting rotation with less than 66 innings of major league experience to their names.

Basically three starts out of every five go to rookies.

Can the young staff step into the Jays' pitching void? Is there any hope for 2009? Have your say in our forum.

Rotation worries for Jays



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Truth is, the Jays were expected to finish no higher third, if not fourth, in the AL East.

Once you account for all the hot and cold streaks that teams and players go through during the season, that's where they'll most likely end up. Just like every other year.

That doesn't mean they don't have a chance.

There's still plenty of time left. And they do have a decent team--on paper.

A more consistent offensive effort (or in the case of Wells, some offense) and a healthy pitching staff would certainly improve the Jays' playoff chances.
Kelly Gruber rules, 2009-06-15 21:49:06

If the Jays can begin to get some offence from Rios and Wells they still have a good chance for the postseason.

Vernon Wells is clearly the most overpaid position player in all of baseball.

With that ridiculous 17 million salary he is a millstone around the Jays necks.

He is contributing nothing offensively and the Jays are stuck with this under-achiever since no team would ever consider taking on that salary .

Has anyone noticed that Well's slugging percentage is the lowest of all the Jays everyday players? That has got to be worth 17 million per year!


Dave, 2009-06-08 10:57:50

Hey, be patient folks. Cito appears to be and he has taken the Jays to back-to-back World Series titles. Name the sport - every team and/or individual has experienced a drought and then came back to win the big one. The impressive start out of the gate under Cito's leadership is telling and I firmly believe the best is yet to come. Go Jays!
pedro l., 2009-05-29 14:00:05

Wow,they sire had their bubble burst in a big way.Maybe their fast start was too good to be true.I can alreadt see the bandwagon getting lighter real fast.I miffed with Wells and Rios that they are basically doing little or nothing for the the big paychecks thet get.Come on get with it guys.The team has been carring them two all season,now it's their turn to start eaning their money.Oh well it was fun while it lasted.
JohnBoy, 2009-05-29 11:08:39

I think it is obvious that when you have 3 rookie starters and your number 2 guy is a number five guy on any other team, that your season will not be very spectacular.

The Jays should commit to a youth movement and receive benefit from assets like Halladay, Wells, Rolen, & Millar. Get some top prospect pitching and buy hitting. I don't know why this formula is not being used by Jays front staff (JP).

It will take between 92-96 wins to measure up in the American League East. The Jays normally win between 82-87 games so they really needed the win differential they had at the beginning of the year. After their start they could have played .500 ball and still had a good chance at post season play.
Howie, 2009-05-29 10:50:34

At least the Jays are making things interesting - unlike the cheesy Maple Laughs who suck from September to April every year
Tony Danza, 2009-05-29 10:28:53

Don't be too hard on the opening night shenanigans of a bunch of drunken yahoos. They weren't the real fans. The real fans are the ones who have been watching since the beginning through the good and bad times. The Jays will go far if they get a few of their pitchers back. It's early and they are doing surprising well, but it's a long season and hard times will come. I expect the team to be like Tampa was last year, making the playoffs but bowing out near the end. But I'll still be there watching and cheering, win or lose just like always.
JohnBoy, 2009-04-29 10:17:51

I am excited about the Jays this year, and watching guys like Snider and Lind develop into great players! If the Jays can hold onto Halliday and Rios, and Wells can stay healthy, I think the Jays are going to be an exciting team to watch. No, they aren't playoff bound any time soon, but they are going to compete from night to night
Andrew, 2009-04-07 18:32:55

Haven't watched baseball since the strike. Hate Rogers and anything to do with the company.

It in NFL season yet?
Kneeguy, 2009-04-07 16:12:38

Gotta agree with Joe. This kind of stuff happened last year as well. It's a shame that society is finding a way to constantly lower the bar for acceptable behaviour.
Russ, 2009-04-07 11:49:59

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