Too Little Too Late For The Toronto Blue Jays
Having won ten of their last thirteen games, the Toronto Blue Jays are playing some of their best baseball of the 2013 season. As well as they have played, it is simply too late for most baseball people to care, as the Canadian based club still find themselves 11.5 games out of a playoff berth.
The last couple of weeks will give loyal Blue Jays fans a little hope as the regular season draws to a close, but hope is all that it will be. After the disastrous start in April and May, which saw the ball club go 23-32, there have been few things that have seen fans in Canada get excited.
With only nineteen games remaining, it is ironic to see the Blue Jays play with stellar defence and great consistency. Any baseball expert will know that these two elements are fundamental to any successful team. Any Blue Jays fan will know of the inconsistencies their team has faced not only this season, but over the years in general.
It has been a fitting way to start the final month, and that may be down to the ‘’hustle and heart’’ instilled in the ball club. However, hustle and heart do not win ball games. Pitching and defence does. If skipper John Gibbons and general manager Alex Anthopoulos want a different story next season, they will have to eliminate the many question marks associated with the team’s defence and starting rotation.
The Jays return home for a nine game home-stand, starting with a three game set with the also struggling Los Angeles Angels. The story has been a similar one for the west coast team, and will see both teams playing for pride over anything else.