Watching another Toronto Blue Jays‘ season flame out before it has had a chance to fight for a playoff spot makes me dwell on another wasted year for Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Bautista and Encarnacion have carried this team for the past few years. Following the big offseason trades with the Miami Marlins and New York Mets, there was great hope that the Blue Jays would finally make an appearance in the postseason. Unfortunately with this season’s playoff hopes destroyed, yet another season passes where Bautista and Encarnacion are left watching the playoffs from home.
Even now with an infusion of “talent”, Bautista and Encarnacion are the engines that drive the Blue Jays’ offense. Currently they are both signed through the 2015 season with a club option for 2016. It is reasonable to believe that the Blue Jays have at least two more years of prime baseball from their power hitters.
With the addition of players like Jose Reyes and a supporting cast of young players that should develop into solid major leaguers, there is no reason that Bautista and Encarnacion can’t make a trip to the playoffs. That being said, the window for the Blue Jays to get to the playoffs with these two fan favorites is shrinking rapidly. Even if they make the playoffs, the Blue Jays would still have to play well enough to both make it to and win the World Series.
If Bautista and Encarnacion are going to make the playoffs and win a World Series with in the next two or three seasons, the mountain is tall. I would like to believe that the Blue Jays could not play this badly next season. Let’s hope things turn around for the team and the Blue Jays playoff drought will be brought to an end with Bautista and Encarnacion leading the way.