Sept. 18, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes (7) at bat against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsOne of the best and most annoying things about baseball is that you can’t predict anything that happens. Stats don’t add up to expected results. A bad team can beat a good team on any given day no matter how lopsided the talent is. A lot of things can happen in a long 162 game season that can make a team that looks great on paper not have success.
The unpredictability of baseball is so extreme that you can add 5 former All Star players to your team like the Toronto Blue Jays have and still be told that making the playoffs isn’t guaranteed and that you have to see how things play out during the season.
The main reason you watch any sport is because you think it’s fun to watch. Your team being good just takes it to a hole other level of fun. The Blue Jays now not only have a team that on paper should be playing meaningful September games but an extremely fun baseball team to watch for years.
Every night they’ll have a good starting pitcher on the mound. Each of them with their own style of pitching. RA Dickey throws a knuckleball, he’s an ace and a CY Young award winner. Josh Johnson and Brandon Morrow both throw hard and are capable of pitching like aces. Mark Buehrle and Ricky Romero are both lefties and above league average pitchers.
You’ll never get bored when the Blue Jays are hitting with all the dynamic hitters in their lineup with Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie, Colby Rasmus, Emilio Bonafacio and Maicer Izturis. You’ll get to see Rajai Davis pinch run late in games and steal bases like there’s nothing to it. Even the Blue Jays less exciting hitters like J.P. Arencibia and Adam Lind can at least hit home runs which is more than you can say about most teams below replacement level players.
On defense you’ll get to see Brett Lawrie and Jose Reyes make great catches and plays. You’ll see Colby Rasmus rob players from hitting doubles or triples. You’ll see Jose Bautista throw out players trying to take an extra base on the basepaths.
If the end of last season was just a start, you’ll get to see Steve Delabar come out of the bullpen and strike out almost every batter he faces. Along with a group of other relievers that throw hard and can strike people out.
On top of the team being entertaining Rogers Centre will see an inevitable increase in attendance for Blue Jays games. Whether you’re there or watching from TV, packed houses are electric and the energy from them makes every game feel that much more intense and fun.
From April to the end of September or hopefully the end of October the Blue Jays are poised to be a fun and exciting team to watch, not only in 2013 but for years to come. You can’t predict how many wins the Blue Jays will have or if they even make the playoffs but if there’s one thing about baseball you can predict is if a team will be fun and exciting to watch. With this team it’s a safe bet there will be no dull games for a long time. Which is what it’s really all about.