Blue Jays: Is it time to change gears?
By Craig Borden
As the season progresses into the month of September, how can the Toronto Blue Jays use the rest of the season to the best of their advantage? Is it time to bring up the youth for full time auditions or do they stay the course and try to live up to the #LetRISE marketing campaign?
The Blue Jays are currently sitting on the outside looking in at the Wild Card race in the American League and seemingly by the day the door is progressing to close. The team has shown flashes that they are going to make things interesting, but then are quickly slapped back into their place. This abysmal season just seems to keep going and teasing fans. So what do the Blue Jays do to make the best of the last bit of baseball left in this season? Is this where the Blue Jays rip things down and bring up the kids, or do they keep chugging away hoping and praying for the baseball gods to finally shine on them?
The nickname for the Blue Jay’s season might as well be Murphy’s Law. Injuries doomed the team early as the dug a huge hole to start the season. This team has had one of their best players on the DL for the entire season due to blister issues. Possible changes to the baseballs have caused Aaron Sanchez to basically take the season off. Having a Cy Young contender gone for the entire season will hurt any team as they struggle to fill that void for their ace.
Despite all of these downfalls, the Blue Jays have had one of the best attendance marks in baseball and have lingered around the .500 level all season. If this team somehow finds a way to get hot and get the the ever elusive .500 level, they are right in the thick of the Wild Card battle that looks to be raging until the final day of the season.
This also could be the time to bring up and showcase some of the talented youth in the Minors. Bringing up some of the kids could give the club a good look at what could be parts of their lineup next season. There have been plenty of players that have broken out this season throughout the system and maybe its time to access what you have with a MLB sample size over the next month or so. Let us dive into these options and see what could be the arguments for finishing up this season.