Blue Jays Week In Review: Winning Streaks & Playoff Chances

Is it just me, or is the Blue Jays bandwagon starting to slowly fill back up? A 5-1 week that included a 4-game sweep of the best team in the American League has seemingly been enough to shock some life back into the fervent following that were cheering on the Blue Jays for the first month of the season.

The Blue Jays sudden week-long resurgence comes not so coincidentally (note: it is a complete coincidence), I graced these pages stating that the Blue Jays were in all likelihood not going to taste the postseason in 2013.

One meager 5 game winning streak later, and those very same Blue Jays are just 5.5 games out of the Wild Card, with a starting rotation rounding into form and Jose Reyes’ return on the horizon. In the words of a very wise man:

GBOAT

Quite simply Adam Lind has been a revelation this season. After several years of being pretty much the worst, the Blue Jays DH has become one of the team’s more effective batters.

Back in Spring Training when John Gibbons smartly announced that Lind would be shielded from most lefties, the astute Blue Jays fan adjusted their expectations for Lind’s contributions from absolutely nil to “maybe he can cobble together some at bats against righties”.  Not too many sage observers expected a triple slash of .350/.417/.561.

While Lind has been aided by an unusually lucky BABIP of .391, he has seemingly made adjustments at the plate that have aided in his resurgence. Dan Toman at GameReax has a great piece on these adjustments.

Lind’s WPA for the week was a tidy 50%, he contributed with 11 hits including 2 HRs and 2 doubles. While Lind’s ridiculous start to the  season is unlikely to continue, it’s fun to watch while it lasts, and with Lind closing in on the PA threshold we may be seeing him on the MLB leaderboards sooner rather than later.

Omar Vizquel Award for Ineptitude

After the Blue Jays first 5 game winning streak of the season it seemed folly to single out a player for his struggles. I could have saddled R.A. Dickey with the honour, but his struggles came in that travesty of a game played in some ridiculous fog, so he gets a break.

I also considered giving the (dis)honour to Gregg Zaun, the outspoken former Blue Jay/current Blue Jay catcher for his comments earlier this week, but then I remembered you don’t get the nickname “Zaun Cherry” by accident, and he was just doing his shtick.

Instead the Award for Ineptitude is going to be bestowed, for the first time ever, on over reacting Blue Jays fans. After Gregg Zaun took to the airwaves looking to do nothing more than stir the pot, many Blue Jays fans became the spoon that Zaun was looking for and begin stirring vigorously in spite of themselves.

I don’t know if it’s because I follow the Blue Jays so I notice it more, but it seems to me that Blue Jays fans are by far the worst when it comes to things like this. If you don’t agree with what the “Rational Jays Fan” (see most fans that refer to themselves as “Smart Fans”) then you’re an idiot and you’ll be torn apart for your stating your opinion.

Pro tip for all you Jays fans out there: When Gregg Zaun says something stupid, and you react and start tweeting about it, he wins. He gets more views/listeners/followers. The best way to stop people from sayings things to incite the masses, is to not be incited by the comments.

Wrap Up

The Blue Jays take their 5 game winning streak back to Toronto to face the visiting Rockies, followed up by a 3-game set against Division rival Baltimore. 3 games against a team that sucks (the Rockies) and 3 against a division rival are the perfect recipe to make up some ground in the Al East standings

Topics: Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays

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  • http://www.facebook.com/erik.trenouth Erik Trenouth

    You are getting ahead of yourself man. Before the Jays head to Tampa, they have to stop at home and play 3 against the Rockies and 3 against the Orioles, unless you are expecting them to lose the first game against the Rockies then win the next 2, followed by a sweep of the Orioles. I could live with that too.

    • Travis Bateman

      Yup, I was way too tired when I wrote this….fixed now, I should really have known better since I’m going to the game tonight!

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    I accept this award with honour ;)