Count me among those surprised by the Jays’ hot start


Okay, it’s early and, yes, they got off to a hot start last year too.

But colour me surprised by the way the Toronto Blue Jays are playing right now. Two months and 30 wins into the young MLB season, the youthful Jays have very quietly compiled their best start since the last World Series season in 1993.

I predicted in this very space in April that the Blue Jays would come close to being a 100-loss team this season. While the year is still young and this team folded terribly last summer down the stretch, I think it’s safe to say the Blue Jays have every chance of avoiding that particularly embarrassing distinction.

The Jays are currently 30-22 and have compiled the record in part by running up virtually identical home and road records, as well as slugging a major league leading 88 home runs to date.

Who knew there would be such an outpouring of offence from this team?

Of course, there will be challenges for this team as the season wears on. The young pitching staff doesn’t exactly inspire fear in many teams, but it also won’t remain an unknown for long either. Scouts will get the book on relative no-names like Brett Cecil and Brandow Morrow after seeing them a few times.

I think the starting pitching is the key to the Blue Jays’ fate. If the young starters, in particular future ace Ricky Romero, can hold their own, the offence will give them enough support to vie for a “W” every night.

Maybe we’ll finally see competitive baseball in Toronto in August and beyond.


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