How did the Toronto Blue Jays all of a sudden become the worst team in baseball? After 12 games into the 2017 Major League Baseball season, they are just that. However is it too late for the Blue Jays, their fans and fantasy owners of key Blue Jays owners to panic? Many right now are saying no. However I am taking the opposite answer and saying yes.
I know that 12 games into the season is a small sample size in the grand scheme of things. They have only played 7.4% of their entire season and there is obviously time to turn things around.
However when you have a combination of poor hitting, injuries to your starting rotation, and on Sunday, poor defense, it is quite frankly a recipe for disaster. This is where Blue Jays manager John Gibbons needs to make his money. In March, Gibbons signed a two year contract extension to stay in Toronto plus a club option in 2020.
Over the last two seasons, Gibbons was put in the position to win because of strong managerial decisions by Alex Anthopoulos and Mark Shapiro. However he seems to struggle in managing his bullpen and every Blue Jays fan is still puzzled why he took out R.A. Dickey for David Price when the Jays had a gigantic lead in the ALDS against the Texas Rangers two years ago.
Now when the going is tough, Gibbons will need to show his worth and make some bold moves to salvage the Blue Jays season and a team that has lofty expectations. During the last two special Blue Jays seasons, they have had some remarkable winning streaks that got them into playoff contention. My guess right now is that won’t happen in 2017, and it might be good for you to try and trade your Blue Jays now rather than later.
Injuries meanwhile are a major concern throughout baseball at the moment—especially with pitchers. In addition to the two Blue Jays who are battling ailments (Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ), other pitchers who went on the disabled list this past week (or might soon be) are Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles, Brandon Finnegan of the Cincinnati Reds, Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies and Rich Hill of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fantasy owners will now need to make the necessary adjustments to fill spots.
One reliever who could be on the wire is Brandon Kintzler of the Minnesota Twins. The right hander from Las Vegas could be a great closer to bet on. In 6 1/3 innings, he has yet to give up an earned run and has four saves. The Twins meanwhile could surprise people this year as they currently are at 7-5 and are tied with the New York Yankees for the second American League wildcard spot.