With 27 games remaining in the 2019 season, what should the Blue Jays hope to accomplish as an organization before this season is over?
With the loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday evening, the Blue Jays now have 27 games remaining in their calendar, and a record of 54-81.
Because I’m a bit of a nerd, I think of the long 162 game season being split up in all sorts of sections. One third of the season is 54 games, and with 27 left of that, we’re now at the 5/6’s point in the season, and into the final month of the campaign.
Okay, I told you I was a nerd, but when the season is this long I can’t help but compartmentalize it a bit.
With that in mind, I see this last month or so as an opportunity for the Blue Jays to do a few things, even though they’ve long been removed from the playoff race. The question is, what are the best goals for the club to have for the remainder of the year?
In a lot of ways I’m sure the front office is already very pleased with how things have gone since the All-Star break, as several of their young players have put up a strong performance and seemingly even sped up the rebuild in Toronto, at least at this rate. There have been top-rated rookies performing very well, and some pleasant surprises too, and hopefully that will continue into the final season of the month.
This team or front office might not feel an immediate urgency to win, even next year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t important steps to be taken in that direction. Let’s have a look at some of the key things that could help them get back to being a playoff contender, and how they can use the last portion of the schedule to their advantage.