On paper, the Toronto Blue Jays look like a World Series Championship team. Unfortunately, the Jays did not have a good spring. Their record was 16-17. It just goes to show that just because you have team full of stars, doesn’t mean you’ll get winning results.
In this article, I will point out some the positives and the negatives of the 2013 Blue Jays.
I only saw a handful of preseason games, so most of my opinions are based on statistics. Bare with me folks.
J.P. Arencibia – This guy have a fantastic spring, with a .439 batting average, 18 hits, scored 10 runs, four doubles, five home runs, and 13 RBIs. If Arencibia has this type of performance in the regular season, he could see himself put up some big numbers this year.
Melky Cabrera – He’s doing what the Blue Jays expected him to do. Create offence. This spring, he had a .349 batting average, 22 hits, seven of them were doubles, scored 12 runs, and 14 RBIs.
Jose Bautista – As always, Bautista looks like he will be a threat to opposing pitchers with 15 hits, 13 runs, and 12 RBIs this spring.
Adam Lind – 23 hits this spring.
Mark DeRosa – 19 hits this spring.
Emilio Bonifaco – 19 hits this spring.
Josh Johnson – The best pitcher in the Blue Jays rotation this spring with a 5-0 record.
Edwin Encarnacion- six hits, two runs, 1 home run, and only five RBIs.
Brandon Morrow – 0-3 record this spring. He has to do much better than this if the Jays are going to be successful this season. The team’s biggest problem over the years has been bad pitching.
Brett Lawrie – He will start the season on the disabled list.
James Negrych – Had an average performance at the plate in spring training.
Jose Reyes – His offensive numbers were below average. That is not exactly what the Blue Jays had in mind when got him in the off season.
What do I think of this year’s Blue Jays? During the off season, I was fairly exited, especially when they got a Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey. Now, I’m not too exited about this team. In fact, I give this team a C.