Hey Boys and Girls it has been a while since I last posted. Sorry, I guess.
Much like the title assumes I am going to list some positive things about the 2014 Blue Jays.
1- The AL East
The American League East has been terrible. By most standards the worst division in the league and they have been generally uninteresting to watch. This has served the Blue Jays well, despite being in a slow painful tailspin since the beginning of June, the Blue Jays are only 1 game out of a wildcard spot and 4 games out from the division.
May was wonderful; hitters hit, pitchers pitched and defenders defended. It was an exciting time to be a Jays fan, they gained the division lead on May 22, which they held until July 6th.
3- Starting Pitching
If you asked anyone before the season started about the holes in the Blue Jays line-up you would have received a basic answer, second base and starting pitching. While the former still remains, the latter has shown to be a strength. Without any external additions the starting five have improved simply by getting healthy, Drew Hutchison and Marcus Stroman have pitched themselves to notoriety and a hot start by Mark Buehrle gave the Blue Jays a glimpse of what they remembered Buehrle to be. The initialled ones (J.A. Happ and R.A. Dickey) have been serviceable starters, both showing flashes of excellence mixed with typical unreliability. Brandon Morrow was moved to the disabled list with a torn tendon sheath after a less than impressive start to the season.
After an injury-filled 2013, which came to a close with the removal of a benign tumour from his back, Melky Cabrera has been moving forward proving his worth to the Jays front office. Cabrera’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is playing to cash in. He has been consistent and has shown a surprising amount of power. He has also been consistently in the lineup, playing in every game so far this season, as of July 25th (knock on wood).
Although currently attendance has taken a small dip by percentage, the Blue Jays are in the middle of the pack when it comes to attendance. With the disappointment of 2013 looming over the heads of the fans attendance was slow to pick up. The fans have bounced back and games have been enjoyable to attend.
As a piece of full disclosure I am not a fan of things like “the Wave” or The Jays Force or any of the other gimmicky type of stuff that goes on at a ball game. But I am willing to deal with these types of things if the stadium is full and people are enjoying baseball. I would appreciate however if the WAPI (Wave Attempts Per Inning) would decrease from the “bro” demographic. Thanks.
Lets keep on loving Baseball!
Go Jays Go