Spring Training has arrived and the Toronto Blue Jays are on fire in Grapefruit League action soaring out to a 10-2 record, which in turn means honestly not a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, but still it’s better than 2-10 or even 8-4, so credit must be given where credit is deserved.
Despite fast start, questions remain
The question this season still remains and probably won’t be solidified for some time now, and that question is: who is your starting 5? And where does Roberto Osuna fit in? There have been talks of him jumping into the mix, which makes today’s Blue Jays/Yankees game perhaps a little bit more intriguing. No, Osuna is not pitching, but Nathan Eovaldi is. Why does that matter? Because, like Osuna, Eovaldi can also light up the radar gun and also like Osuna, Eovaldi is still relatively young, just turning 26.
If we all remember what happened last year, Eovaldi was quite good, pitched a lot and was quite effective, but then had to be shut down because of arm sorness and of course, you throw near 100 on a constant basis over a six inning span, he’s lucky his arm didn’t fall off. Now I’ll leave you with this question: is it worth putting Osuna in the starting lineup, letting him heat up the radar gun at such a young age, and risking him for years to come? Because yes, Eovaldi is back, but there is no guarantee how long he will last.
Last season big for the Blue Jays
Last season was the best Blue Jays season since the '93 season when they went on to win the World Series, and, depending on who you talk to, it was an absolute success.. Or in my case it was just like every other season for the past 20. Yes, they had a great season and a decent run in the playoffs but at the end of the day, they have more or less not a whole lot to show for it.
Now, I can’t down the whole situation. After all, I am a Jays fan but for me, it was just another loss and success is defined by winning. So you have your take on it, you’ve had time to let it soak in, but when it comes down to it, the Jays fell short of their goals.
The Blue Jays have been the so-called trade kings of the past few seasons but when you look into it, they have lost a lot more then they have gained. Yes the Josh Donaldson trade is a definite upside, acquiring Troy Tulowitzki yes, it was good or at least seemed that way until he couldn’t provide any offense, because we all know switching from the NL to AL is easier for some players compared to others.
Championship teams are built on prospects, unless you’re the Yankees and you can buy yourself there, but if you look at the St. Louis Cardinals or even the Kansas City Royals, they haven’t bought their Championships, they’ve earned them. Getting David Price will probably go down as “the best regular season loan in history” but that fizzled out thereafter.
Now trade talks with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are in the midst, basically all of your blue chip prospects are gone and things are just getting tougher and tougher. I could be wrong, and the Blue Jays could win the pennant, and then win the World Series, but they have put themselves in a very tough hole that could last another 21 years. Nonetheless, the Blue Jays will continue to battle and give it their best shot, and only time will tell where they will end up. It should be interesting. #News #Baseball #Buzz