Toronto Blue Jays: 2014 season preview

Toronto-Blue-Jays-Baseball-LogoA couple of questions come to mind when I think about this year’s Toronto Blue Jays.  1. Is manager,  John Gibbons’s job on the line?  2. Is this general manager, Alex Anthopoulos’s last year with the organization.? It is a possibility if the Jays have a bad year again.  Toronto has to improve their win-loss record this season.  The Jays finished the 2013 season 74-88.

I have this bad feeling that if Toronto finishes the 2014 season below .500, Anthopoulos and Gibbons are going to be fired.

On the positive side,  Toronto had a better preseason this time around, with a 16-13 win-loss record.  The Jays finished Spring Training three games over .500.  Last year, the team was 16-17 in Spring Training.

Seeing the 16-13 win-loss record gives me good vibes about the 2014 Blue Jays.  I think Toronto is going to improve their performance this season.

The Jays best pitchers in this year’s Spring Training were: John Stilson (2-0, 3.86 earned run average), Brett Cecil (2-0, 0.00 ERA.), and Steve Delabar (2-0, 0.00 ERA.).

The Jays pitchers who had a bad Spring Training were: Deck McGuire (27.00 ERA) and J.A Happ (0-2, 20.57 ERA.).

Jose Bautista had a good preseason, with 12 RBIs and a.375 batting average.  I believe that Bautista’s good performance in Spring Training is going to carry over into the regular season if he stays healthy.

I think there’s going to be a battle for first base this year.  Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion, and Dan Johnson put up good numbers in Spring Training.  Johnson racked up 11 RBIs and posted a .357 batting average.  As for Encarnacion, he’s a utility player.  Encarnacion is able to play first base, third base, and be the designated hitter.

Despite having nine RBIs, Brett Lawrie had a .339 batting average during Spring Training.  I think Lawrie is going to be a force to be reckon with both offensively and defensively this year.

Even though, Colby Rasmus had a low batting average in Grapefruit League, I think he is going to bounce back in the regular season.

After catcher,  J.P. Arencibia went to Texas during the off-season, the team signed Dioner Navarro to take over the catching duties.

Last year’s fan favorite, Menenori Kawasaki is not starting with the Jays at the  beginning of the season, but he’ll be ready and waiting in Triple-A Buffalo whenever he is needed.

I don’t know if the Jays is going to make the post season, but I do think the team is going to have a better year.  Toronto has to.