5 Toronto Blue Jays Who Should Be 2013 MLB All-Stars
5 Toronto Blue Jays Who Deserve to be All-Stars
The Toronto Blue Jays are one of the most disappointing teams in the league in 2013. With so many expectations as a result of the additions of Melky Cabrera and Jose Reyes prior to the season, the sky seemed to be the limit for the Blue Jays.
However, it took a recent 11-game win-streak to get this team back to the .500 mark. Jose Bautista has struggled a bit this season to keep his average up while still showing a bit of pop. Reyes has struggled to stay healthy, playing in just 16 games through the first half of the season thus far.
Cabrera has been an average hitter for the Jays, but his .278 average and three homers has been nowhere near the production that Toronto thought he would bring to the table.
Edwin Encarnacion is having yet another quietly solid season for the Blue Jays, hitting .270 with 23 homers and 66 RBIs, looking like the only offensive player that deserves to make the All-Star Game for Toronto.
Manager John Gibbons is looking to lead this team to their first playoff appearance since 1993 and their sixth ever postseason.
While it looks like the offense has been suffering a bit, the pitching staff hasn't been much better. Picking up pitching sensation R.A. Dickey in free agency, the Blue Jays were hoping to get a repeat of his Cy Young performance in 2012. However, he has been anything but sensational with a 4.59 ERA through 18 starts, also averaging a home run allowed per start.
Despite the Blue Jays' struggles, they still have five guys that could get an All-Star Game nod. Who are they?
Aaron Loup is one of three guys in the bullpen that I believe have the best chance on this pitching staff to make the All-Star Game. With a sub-2.00 ERA, he's been very reliable out of the pen and one of the best bullpen guys in the league.
Adam Lind isn't exactly the big-name guy you think would be an All-Star with all of the superstars on the Blue Jays, but he's been as reliable as they come on offense. He owns the best average on the team at .327 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs.
Brett Cecil has appeared in the most games on the pitching staff with 36 and has been one of the best, if not the best pitcher on the Blue Jays. With the second-best strikeouts per nine innings of any who have pitched in over 10 games, Cecil knows how to get guys out. His 1.54 ERA isn't too bad either.
Edwin Encarnacion has shown that he can be a star in this league in the past couple of seasons. While he's already at the age of 30, he has gotten better throughout time with his 42 homers and 110 RBIs in 2012. He has been the best hitter on the team this season with 23 home runs, 66 RBIs and a .270 average. He should be headed to New York.
As the team's closer and the proud owner of a 2.03 ERA, Casey Janssen has been phenomenal for the Blue Jays this season and a bit of a surprise. He has 17 saves and has blown just one in 2013. This guy has been reliable — too bad he's already 31-years old.
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