The Toronto Blue Jays finished the 2013 season with a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday.
I’ll be honest, I’m glad the Jay’s season is over. I don’t think I want to watch the Jays lose anymore this year.
To sum up this year’s Jays. Disappointment.
On the morning of the Blue Jay’s “Opening Day”, Toronto sports broadcasters were predicting the team was going to resemble the teams from 1992 and 1993. After all, Toronto had both R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle in the rotation. The broadcasters also were saying that Jose Reyes should boost the Jay’s offence. Well, he did have 113 hits this year. Twenty of them were doubles. Unfortunately, he just hit 10 home runs and ended the year with 37 RBIs. I would’ve liked to see him hit more homers, but I also keep in mind that Reyes was injured part of the season.
Speaking of injuries, the Jays were plagued again with them this year.
Brett Lawrie, Brandon Morrow, Colby Rasmus, just to name a few, were injured at some point in the season. For the second year in a row, Jose Bautista was on the sidelines at the end of the season. This time, Bautista suffered a bone bruise. It is hard to compete for a playoff birth when your best players are on the disabled list.
Starting pitching for the Jays was also a factor.
Despite ending the season with a 14-13 win-loss record, a 4.21 earned run average (ERA), and had 177 strike outs, Dickey was probably the biggest disappointment of the year. After winning the National League Cy Young in 2012, Dickey stumbled out of gates this season with the Jays. In fact, it wasn’t until the final month of season when Dickey began to get some wins under his belt.
Believe or not, Dickey wasn’t the worst pitcher in the Blue Jay’s rotation. No, that honor goes to Josh Johnson. Before Johnson’s season ended with a forearm injury, he had a record of 2-8 and a 6.20 ERA.
Mark Buehrle had a fairly good year with the Jays. Buehrle had a record of 12-10 and a respectable 4.15 ERA.
Surprisingly, the Blue Jay pitcher who had the best record was Brett Cecil (5-1, 2.82). Awesome.
As for the offence, the Jay’s were good , but not great.
Adam Lind, who was sent down to the Minors last year, showed improvement at the plate in 2013. Lind had 134 hits this season. That’s an increase from 82 hits in 2012.
Lind hit 26 home runs this year. Last year he hit 11. Lind’s RBIs increased from 45 to 67. Well done.
Edwin Encarnacion also had another good year at the plate with 36 home runs and 104 RBIs.
Before getting injured, Bautista had 28 home runs and 73 RBIs.
Catcher, J.P. Arencibia ended his year with 92 hits and 55 RBIs.
Munenori Kawasaki became a fan favorite this year.
When Reyes got hurt, the Blue Jays called up an energetic Japanese player, Munenori Kawasaki. He delighted the fans with his dancing in the Blue Jay’s dugout and his lively T.V. interviews. Kawasaki quickly became the fan favorite. He was good at the plate too. He had 55 hits this season.
There was four players from the Jays that went to the All-Star game this year. Bautisia, Encarnacion, Cecil, and pitcher Steve Delabar represented the Jay’s in the mid-season classic at Citi Field in New York.
What is in store for the Blue Jays next year? I’m not sure. I do know this much. John Gibbons still the manager. The Jay’s better get off to a good start in 2014 or Gibbons will be gone by May.