AL East Round Up: What’s Left Edition

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Toronto Blue Jays

Sep 2, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder

Dalton Pompey

(45) in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Jays are playing meaningful games in September. That alone is reason enough for fans to keep watching. It has been too long that we’ve been whining that the Jays have been out of it by the time September rolls around. That is not the case this year. They are 4 games out of a Wild Card spot. Their playoff probability has even gone up to 2.6%. I’ve already explained why fans should be happy with how this season has gone. So, possibly contending this late in the season not enough for ya? Well, let’s look at what’s left to be excited about.

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  • Marcus Stroman. The Blue Jays rookie is 10-5 with a 3.61 ERA. I know we were all very excited for him to make his debut this season, but I’m not so sure we expected him to do so well. And, even with the club deciding to push his next start up a day to Monday (against the Orioles) to give him an extra day of rest, he’ll get 2-3 more starts this season. Every time out, Stroman provides an exciting show, a #StroShow, if you will. The future is bright for the 23 year old.

    Speaking of young guys. How about Dalton Pompey? After rocketing through the minor league system, the September call up is perhaps the future of the outfield for the Blue Jays. He’s a switch hitter who brings speed and defense. Yes, please. Depending on just how “in it” the club finds itself we could see much more of the 21 year old Canadian. Pompey has already picked up his first career RBI in an at bat against the Cubs. How many more firsts will he collect this September?

    Other questions that can be answered this September: Will Casey Janssen return to form and earn a return to Toronto? Will Colby Rasmus get any playing time? Will J.A. Happ continue to impress? How many highlight plays will Ryan Goins provide? Will he actually hit? Just how many home runs will Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion combine for?