Found November 01, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
The Toronto Blue Jays came into the season not really looking to contend for the AL East title as much as continuing to build towards that goal. Their 81-81 record left them well out of the race, but there's still a fair amount of talent on the roster.   WHAT WENT RIGHT Jose Bautista had another amazing season, hitting .302/.447/.608 with a major league leading 43 home runs. Having one of the best players in baseball - arguably the best - seems good. Yunel Escobar, acquired (and then signed) fairly cheaply, did well in his first full year in Toronto (.290/.363/.413). Rookie Brett Lawrie only played in 43 games in the majors, but he crushed the ball in his short time (.293/.373/.580). On the other side of the ball, Brandon Morrow had the highest strike-out rate in the AL at 10.2 K/9 and probably pitched better than his 4.72 ERA would suggest. Ricky Romero wasn't half bad himself, putting up his second straight 200+ IP season and getting his ERA under 3. WHAT WENT WRONG ...
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