5 American League Teams The Toronto Blue Jays Will Surprisingly Be Better Than In 2014
Toronto Blue Jays Will Surpass These 5 Teams
Due to concerns surrounding their starting pitching rotation, the Toronto Blue Jays are heading into the 2014 season with a lot of uncertainty in regards to how they will match up alongside their American League rivals. However, the Jays still do boast one of the most potent and powerful offenses in the game. No matter how rocky their pitching situation really is, it's a given that their offense is going to put up some serious numbers and give the team a chance to win on a daily basis
If run support is what Blue Jays' pitching is going to need to give their team a chance to win, then run support is exactly what they are going to get. Assuming that the top to middle of the order is going to start the season on a healthy note and that the bottom of the order is finally going to come into it's own, the Jays are going to portray power throughout their whole lineup, which isn't a luxury that every team in the American League has.
On paper, the Jays' batting order is as dominant as those that managed to play deep into October in 2013. If the likes of Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion can pave the way for young guns such as Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus with solid play at the top of the lineup, the Jays can beat the best in the American League on any given day. The Jays have a lethal combination of speed and power that will always be tough for any team to match up against, including these five surprise teams that they will finally manage to surpass in 2014.
5. Texas Rangers
Although the Texas Rangers managed to sign Shin-Soo Choo, they also found themselves landing Prince Fielder, whom will be an inevitable cancer inside their clubhouse. The Rangers have been known to talk a big game, but have failed to win when it matters over the past few seasons. With the addition of Fielder, their instability and inconsistently will continue. The Jays will finish with a better record than the Rangers.
4. Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels have arguably had a slower offseason than the Jays. No major additions were made by the club down in Southern California, and with Albert Pujols clearly not dominating the batter's box like he has in the past and Josh Hamilton's ego at the center of everyone's attention, it won't matter how great of a season Mike Trout may or may not have. Look for the Jays' big bats to play at more of a consistent level than any of the member of the Halos mentioned above.
3. New York Yankees
While the baseball world has focused it's undivided attention on the signing of Masahiro Tanaka and pretty much nothing else, they have failed to realize that there are still major holes in the New York Yankees' lineup. Along with not having a legitimate closer, they will also find it harder to gel as a unit than the new look Blue Jays did in Toronto a year ago. Playing in New York City is a completely different animal. The pressure will get to the new look Yankees, while the Jays will use their disappointing 2013 season as motivation to move up in the ranks inside the AL East.
2. Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers may be forced to start the season without pitching sensation Justin Verlander and back-to-back AL MVP Award Winner Miguel Cabrera. Both players have had offseason core muscle surgery and the initial absence of the two could contribute to a slow start for a club that has also brought in a new manager with very little coaching experience in Brad Ausmus.
However, it's obviously not the manager that is going to make the Blue Jays a better team than the Tigers. It's the speed and power that the Blue Jays have over Detroit that will help them succeed. The Tigers don't have any starters that have the ability to steal bases on demand. Unless they start former Blue Jay and outfield liability Rajai Davis in left field, the Tigers will once again be one of the slowest teams in the MLB.
1. Boston Red Sox
This is where it gets personal for the Jays. Last year, they managed to find themselves watching the Boston Red Sox and Jays' former manager John Farrell clinch the AL East from the opposing dugout at Fenway Park and then less than two months later, hoist the Commissioner's Trophy after winning the World Series. This should be enough motivation for the Jays to create a no love lost type of relationship between the two teams when they meet during this upcoming season. The Jays should want to beat the Red Sox more than any other team in the American League. It's time for the pride and passion of Blue Jays fans everywhere to rub off on the players themselves in order to beat Farrell, a manager that didn't think Toronto was good enough for him during his time north of the border.