The Toronto Blue Jays: Breaking Down the Dominance
Expectations have been knocked out of the park with this year’s Toronto Blue Jays. With the recent news of a clinched postseason berth, fans are paying closer attention to the team than ever, and with the recent series wins over the rival New York Yankees and pushing for the pennant, there has never been a more exciting time to be a Jays fan.
It's all systems go for Canada’s team. The Jays have gone 43-19 since the all-star break, attracting incredible attention and creating hype all around the nation. So what has lead to this outburst of World Series caliber play?
The unexpected return of Marcus Stroman has solidified the Jays’ starting-five to a great extent. The 24 year-old has energized the pitching staff and has been noticed for his electric attitude, during the most important time of the Jays’ entire history since 1993.
Statistically speaking, Jays' pitching has never looked better. Averaging out every pitcher who has pitched even a single ball this season, the average strikeouts per 9-innings is almost 7, with an average ERA of 3.77.
Since taking his talents to the bullpen, Brett Cecil has been an ace reliever. The 29 year-old has appeared 59 times this season, and is definitely having one of the best years of his roller coaster of a career.
The man who has taken the entire nation by surprise is 20 year-old closer Roberto Osuna, who has given the Jays 19 saves this season. If one thing is for sure, it's that this talented pitcher will be around -- and tearing up -- the league for years to come.
The most trusted hitter in the organization right now is Josh Donaldson. “MVP” has turned out to be his up-to-bat chant from the Toronto faithful this year, and understandably so as the third-base slugger reached the 40 home run mark. Batting just over .300, it is widely believed that he has been the biggest offseason acquisition for the Jays and has contributed extreme amounts to the club.
Returning sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, as well as the offseason acquisition Troy Tulowitzki, make this arguably the most daunting lineup to pitch against and have blown away the competition this year with the league lead in runs scored with 833.
The countdown to the postseason has begun for Jays fans, and with last night’s loss for the Yankees, the Jays are only a single win away from winning the AL East division.