Blue Jays: It’s early, but I’ll still admit that I was wrong

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 02: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays addresses the media after completing a trade earlier in the day that sent Kevin Pillar #11 to the San Francisco Giants during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on April 2, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 02: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays addresses the media after completing a trade earlier in the day that sent Kevin Pillar #11 to the San Francisco Giants during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on April 2, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Apr 18, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (11) field a ground ball during the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports /

We’re only 20 games into the Blue Jays 2021 season, but I’m already willing to admit that I was wrong about a few of my expectations heading into a new year.

I’ll start by saying that I still believe the Blue Jays will be contenders for the postseason, even if the first part of the year hasn’t gone according to plan. Having said that, the parts of the team that I expected to be weaknesses have turned out to be strengths, and vice versa in many situations. The pitching staff has been more than serviceable, with the bullpen in particular being downright nasty despite a constant turnover because of injuries. And after a winter of constantly hearing about the need for more rotation talent, the starters have fared pretty well.

As for the offence, we came into the 2021 campaign expecting the Blue Jays to have one of the most powerful lineups in baseball. They’ve shown flashes of that potential, and they’ve also been without George Springer all year, and Teoscar Hernandez for a few weeks now, but even at that there’s no denying the struggles of the group as a whole. On top of the inconsistent offensive production, the defence has become a legitimate concern, especially on the left side of the infield.

As far as individual performances, that’s where I was wrong about a lot of my predictions for this year, at least so far. It’s very early and a lot could change, but there are already a few statements that I’m willing to take back, even if the season is still very young.

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