3) On the doorstep (2016)
Following on from an extremely successful 2015 season -- more on this after -- big things were expected in 2016. The Blue Jays duly obliged, by making the playoffs for a second consecutive year.
The Blue Jays weren't quite as dynamic as a year earlier, 'only' finishing ninth in the Majors in scoring. They also qualified as just a wild card this time around, but after having a 21-year playoff drought broken just a season earlier, fans weren't exactly going to complain.
In any event, the Blue Jays dispatched the Orioles at home in the sudden-death wild card round. It did take extra innings, but they were fully deserving of their 5-2 win, as they out-hit their rivals 9-4 and were just the better team overall.
This set up the much anticipated rematch with the Rangers, one year after an absorbing series which featured the iconic bat flip that arguably saved baseball. This time around though the Blue Jays swept the series 3-0 despite not having homefield advantage, with the only real drama coming in the clinching game, where they took 10 innings to win 7-6 in Toronto.
As a result, the Blue Jays found themselves on the doorstep of the World Series for a second straight year. The then-Indians had homefield advantage and won the season series 4-3, but it was all set to be a closely-contested ALCS.
Instead, what transpired was a hugely disappointed showing from the Blue Jays, who just couldn't get going. The offense in particular was terrible, with just eight combined runs over five games, including five in their solitary win.
What was really galling, was how little the Blue Jays took advantage of their three games in Toronto. In many ways the 3-0 loss in the clinching Game 5 to the then-Indians highlighted the ineptitude of a Blue Jays team that was capable of so much more.