4. Postseason wins
This single expectation encapsulates all of the ones previously spoken of. This team needs to win a playoff game.
Making it to the playoffs, in spirit and in the hearts of fans, means nothing if their team gets sent home after two games. This has been the case in 2020, 2022, and now 2023. There is simply too much talent on this roster for it to become one of the butt of a joke every October.
In 2020, the Jays were just happy to be there. They had a fun but heavily flawed roster that stood little chance against a juggernaut of a Tampa Bay Rays team. Hyun Jin Ryu, Biggio, Teoscar Hernandez, Bichette, Rowdy Tellez, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. all enjoyed great seasons across the 60 games, but the depth just wasn’t there. If anything, it was a step in the right direction.
2021 was heartbreak, plain and simple. So many stellar performances and positive vibes wasted. It left a sour taste in the mouth of a hungry roster. One that would make the playoffs the following year.
2022 the Blue Jays lost the division to the Yankees after their historic start, but were still a really good team. However, their lack of fixing the bullpen at the deadline cost them, and they blew an eight run lead to a Mariners team that was not as good as them on paper. Nevertheless, the Jays were swept at home in embarrassing fashion. Drastic moves were made, and the composition of the team was shaken up, 2023 was going to be different.
2023 was definitely different, it was worse. The frustration from the 2022 Wild Card Series carried over the next 164 games in 2023. There was no clutch hitting, disappointing seasons all around, and a wasted season from an historic starting rotation. The Blue Jays, in some fan’s opinions, undeservedly squeaked into the playoffs, only to be silently discarded by a hot Minnesota Twins team that simply wanted it more.
Things have to be different in 2024, and that is a sentiment echoed through the team’s front office, coaches, players, and most of all fans. Those fans expect postseason success. We’re not sure how long this window of competition will last, and this team needs to do something with it.