I’m a Toronto Blue Jays fan, and a couple months into the season, they are sitting third in the American League (AL) East, and hovering around .500.
Usually in the AL East, a record like the Jays' doesn’t cut it to be competing with the other powerhouse teams within the division.
But the Jays are just behind the division-leading New York Yankees, so it is time for the Jays to take advantage of the tight division, and go on a long winning streak to pull away from the other teams.
The next couple of weeks are crucial for the Jays to take that No. 1 spot from the Yankees. Later in the season, other teams in the division – the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays – will play better baseball because they are all good teams.
The Jays have just finished a series with Boston, and then they will play Tampa Bay. Those games are important for the Jays to win, so they can separate themselves form those two teams, which will help them in the long run.
I do believe that Jays will take advantage of the close AL East, and pull away from the other teams because they are playing good baseball right now.
Most of their key contributors are staying healthy, which includes Joes Reyes, who has only missed a couple of weeks at the beginning of the season. Last year he missed two and a half months of the season due to injury.
The offence is clicking thus far in the season, as they are among the league leaders in home runs. And it is crucial for the Blue Jays to continue hitting the ball well to take that top spot in the division.
The team hasn’t been consistent with the bullpen, as they recently sent one pitcher to the minors and brought one up. In a little while after, the pitcher they brought up will be sent back down again. Also, they need to figure out if they are sticking with a seven or eight man bullpen, because the indecisiveness is the reason there are players coming and going.
Once that bullpen and their starting pitching become more consistent, then the Jays will really start to win, and take advantage of the other teams that are playing mediocre within the division.