...the rest of the offense
It's tough to say that a Blue Jays offense that out-hit the Twins in both games of the series was a disappointment, but there's no other way to go about it. We've already covered Vladdy and his non-existent bat, but he's far from the only one that needs to shoulder some of the blame.
For starters, Brandon Belt, who was participating in perhaps the final postseason of his storied career, was a combined 0-for-8 with six strikeouts.
Cavan Biggio was 1-for-8 with three strikeouts. Matt Chapman was 1-for-7, Daulton Varsho was 0-for-5, the list goes on and on.
There were certainly some players that stepped up with base hits, but random singles here and there without these runners being driven in went nowhere. Props to Santiago Espinal, Bo Bichette and Alejandro Kirk for putting together decent at-bats, but nearly every one of them were left stranded on the bases (which is of no fault of their own).
The Blue Jays had an extremely streaky offense all year long, and it's entirely possible that the Twins just caught them at a bad time. One can point to the slow finish in the regular season all they want, but the Jays should've turned it up a notch when the stakes were raised and they simply did not.
There are quite a few pending free agents on this roster as of right now, so there's a strong possibility that 2024's Blue Jays are going to look much different than 2023's. It was a nice season for this year's squad, but at the end of the day they fell short again and need to shake things up a bit if there's any hope for deep future playoff runs.