The Toronto Blue Jays are the only baseball team left in Canada, so they receive fans from all over. The defending AL East champs have high expectations in 2016 and fans should be flocking to the Rogers Centre every single game to support their team.
From the looks of ticket sales they will be. And the manager promises they will not disappoint. “I look at this team and from top to bottom we have solid bats in the lineup. Our rotation is strong with workhorses, and our bullpen will be able to finish the job off.”
It wasn’t long ago that the Blue Jays were in the basement of this division. The New York Yankees have always had success, the Boston Red Sox started winning world titles. Joe Maddon had turned things around down in Tampa and the Baltimore Orioles brought in some big names.
Now is the time for Toronto to shine. They are projected to win 87 games this season. That is 1.5 more than Boston, 2 more than the Yankees, 6.5 more than Baltimore, and almost 10 games up on the Rays.
It’s easy to see why. They have some of the best hitters in baseball. Edwin Encarnacion has finally lived up to his potential. He was one of those late breakouts after being a young talent who was always hurt.
Jose Bautista is my favorite player. His bat flip in the playoffs last year is going to go down in history.
Josh Donaldson just won the MVP. The numbers he has put up the last two years show he’s going to be a force around this league for years to come.
Troy Tulowitzki is an acquisition I’m excited about. He fits in much better than Jose Reyes. Now we just need him to stay healthy so we can get a good number of games out of him.
RA Dickey might not be as good as he was during his one shining year with the Mets, but he eats up innings. Marco Estrada could really come through. Annabel Sanchez struggled last year, but this was an ace just a couple of years ago.
Now Marcus Stroman might contend for a Cy Young award and soon. He’s got that kind of talent.
When you put all of that together it’s easy to see why the Blue Jays are World Series favorites. The Cubs and Giants are ahead of them out of the National League, but nobody in the AL has nearly as good of a chance of winning as Toronto. I hope that everyone can go Hardcore in supporting Canada’s finest and bring another World Series title back to us.