With the 2018 season just days away from getting started, what are some of the biggest questions surrounding this year’s version of the Toronto Blue Jays?
The Blue Jays finished the 2017 season on a much lower note than almost any of us expected. One friend of mine joked that they “couldn’t even lose when it mattered, let alone win”, in reference to their moving out of the last place in the AL East for the first time on the season’s final day.
However, that feels like a distant memory as we embark on the start of a new season. It’s a clean slate for a veteran roster, and one that has plenty of new and talented faces from a mere five months ago. Many of the key pieces remain the same, and with the talent brought in to surround them, the hope is that last year was an outlier, and not a sign that this group is incapable of competing for a playoff spot.
Because many of the key pieces remain the same, some of the same questions we asked ourselves last year remain as well. Can veterans like Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin, and Steve Pearce avoid the disabled list? How many healthy games will the Blue Jays get out of Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis? Can the rotation rebound in performance, and health? How long will it be before we get to hear Joe Biagini post-game interviews again?
That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to questions surrounding this roster in a season that could realistically either go really well, or be set up for another disappointment for Blue Jays fans.