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How Competitive Would The Jays Be In Another Division


You’ve heard it a million times. The Toronto Blue Jays would have been a lot more competitive the last 20 years if they weren’t in the AL East. Heck they might even have some playoff appearances during that time.

But fortunately baseball has done some evolving the last few years and there’s somewhat parity in every division.

So with this new competitiveness I’m going to try to guess how competitive the Jays would be in all the other divisions. They’ll be the 6th team in every division.

AL Central

There was a time when the Blue Jays would finish 4th in the AL East and have a better record than the AL Central champion. But the Central isn’t quite the joke it used to be. The Tigers are as legit a powerhouse as baseballs ever seen, the Indians are coming off a 92 win season and the Royals just won 86 games. The Twins have signed Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes but my guess is they and the White Sox would still be the divisions punching bag in 2014. I’m also pretty confident in giving the Jays the season series against the Royals. The extra wins would definitely make the Jays more competitive for a wild card spot. It’s obviously a lot easier than the AL East with 4 teams in your way but with the Tigers and Indians the Jays wouldn’t exactly waltz into a playoff spot.

AL West

The Jays would get to beat up on the Astros! Those extra wins would be a huge help in fighting for a wildcard spot and the division. But all those extra wins would not guarantee you more wins than the A’s, Rangers and Angels. And the Jays have had their trouble against the Mariners over the years.

NL East

The Braves and Nationals are the only threat with the Mets, Phillies and Marlins all being punching bags. This post is going to get repetitive real fast because those extra wins would give the Jays a better chance to compete for the division and wild card spot. It would be a lot easier than the AL East but with the Braves and Nationals the playoffs are no lock.

NL Central

The Jays could beat up on the Brewers and the Cubs but the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds are all powerhouses. So again extra wins but no guarantee they make the playoffs.

NL West

This is always the most unpredictable division. Every year only 1 or 2 of the teams is good and everybody else sucks. And by good I mean better than all the other joke teams in the division. I will say I think the Dodgers are good enough to compete anywhere but that’s really only one threat. So unless the Jays had a prolonged bad stretch during the season I would love their chances of either winning the division or taking a wild card spot with all those extra wins.

The AL East is still by far the hardest division in baseball. But with baseball becoming more competitive everywhere Blue Jays fans singing the AL East blues should look around because it might not be as easy to say “if they were just another division” as it used to be.

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  • Justin Jay

    I think you’re selling some teams short here:

    AL Central: Detroit got better on basepath speed, stayed about the same with the arms (Smyly will make people forget Fister), same with fielding (Castellanos is NOT much better than Cabrera at 3B, Cabrera is NOT better than Fielder at 1B, and Kinsler is a little bit better than Infante at this point in his career. Iglesias was already playing SS while Peralta was on suspension) and MUCH weaker with the bats. That leaves them somewhat vulnerable and I use that term lightly because they’re still a very good team. Indians have been quiet so far and most likely are losing Jimenez and possibly Masterson. KC has pitching staff is primed with young, talented pitching, the bats have gotten better, They could take the Wild Card next season, as is. Then there’s the Twins and White Sox. Jays would finish ahead of them and possibly the Indians.

    AL West: Oakland GREATLY improved with great pitching additions to pen and high upside arms. They didn’t lose much to do it either. Seattle’s farm system is stacked with young arms that could possibly land them David Price, plus King Felix and Iwakuma, and they’re in play for Tanaka. The short list according to Buster Olney. The Angels lost power minus Trumbo, but gained some good pitching. Texas picked up pop with Fielder and by creating space for Jurickson, but I think they’re downward trending. I’d place an optimistic bet on Toronto in 3rd here, but they could also finish in 5th too.

    NL East: Braves are about the same, even if they lost McCann. Pitching is too good in ATL. Washington has got to be the favourite in the division, with the addition of Fister, who’s going to be either the #4 or #5 starter for the Nats (he was the #3 and #4 in Detroit.) Do not sell the Mets short. Young and Granderson signed there, solving their OF issue. They’re in the market for a SS, and they have some very good young arms in the mix with a more than solid catcher to throw to. It’s debatable if Toronto finishes ahead of them. Philly and Miami are doormats

    NL Central: You’re dead on.

    NL West: I agree with you on the Jays here. Dodgers are kind of looking to sell and refine their product according to Olney. They look weakened with the lose of Nolasco and talks of selling off Ethier and Kemp. Padres quietly put together a solid team with some good young players and key additions. If they get anything out of Johnson and Headley, they’ll be tough. Giants are looking for bounceback years from some of their guys, but who knows if it happens. Diamondbacks are idiots… I’m convinced Towers is clue less. Rockies aren’t doing much better. Definitely the Jays best shot to POSSIBLY winning the division. No team from here will make the Wild Card as is.