5 Bold Predictions For Toronto Blue Jays In 2014
Bold Predictions For The Blue Birds
In order for the Toronto Blue Jays to not only survive, but also be successful in the AL East, some big-time performances are going to have to happen during this upcoming season. The Jays' backs are against the wall as they strive to put their starting pitching woes behind them and try to figure something out that will help propel them to the top of the AL East standings.
The Jays' roster is chock full of talent that includes power, speed and solid defense all over the diamond. If they are able to see a number of career years come to fruition by game 162, there is no reason why the Jays shouldn't be in discussions regarding playoff baseball. However, they will only be of any relevance if a number of their players are also sitting at the top of the leaderboards.
The Jays should be going into 2014 with the idea that they have nothing to lose. Throwing caution to wind in order to regain the praise of their fanbase is an absolute understatement in regards to what they need to do this season. Big performances needs to be seen in order to get this starving fanbase back up on their feet. The time is now for a number of talents to have a breakout season and for a few savvy veterans to regain the pop in their bats, as well as the pep in their steps. Here are five bold predictions for the Jays in 2014 that will help them get back to the top of the AL East standings for the first time in what seems like a lifetime.
5. Colby Rasmus Will Be An All-Star
The power that lives inside Colby Rasmus' bat is absolutely exceptional. He can make the upper deck in right field of the Rogers Centre his permanent home if 2014 does indeed prove to be his breakout season. Rasmus is primed and ready to put up numbers that would allow him to represent the AL in center field at this year's All-Star Game in Minnesota. His quick bat on the the left side of the plate, combined with his ability to provide the Jays with stellar defense, is more than enough for fans to give him the nod to be an All-Star in 2014.
4. R.A. Dickey Will Record Over 200 Strikeouts
If the Jays want to play past September, R.A. Dickey will have to mirror the season he had in 2012. Dickey has the ability to make batters look both confused and stunned as his knuckleball dances across the plate with hardly any reaction coming from the batter at all. Without much help from the rest of the starting pitching rotation, Dickey will take matters into his own hands and put up a huge number of strikeouts in 2014, making up for his forgettable debut for the Jays last season.
3. Brett Lawrie Will Win A Gold Glove
The hot corner is one of the toughest places to play in baseball. However, Brett Lawrie has the ability to make it look easy. Lawrie has already shown flashes of pure brilliances at third base during Spring Training, and this will surely continue into April and beyond. As long as Lawrie takes care of himself throughout the long and rugged regular season, he will be donning a Gold Glove come late fall.
2. Jose Reyes Will Finish With Over 50 Stolen Bases
After suffering a severe ankle injury in 2013, Jose Reyes is ready to turn some heads on the basepaths in 2014. Although the veteran shortstop has indeed aged, he still has the type of speed that can rival even the likes of Mike Trout and Jacoby Ellsbury. Look for Reyes to steal a bag in any given opportunity. Reyes' ability to move up on the bases and this type of fast-paced baseball is what the Jays need in order to succeed.
1. Jose Bautista Will Hit Over 50 Home Runs
There is a reason why all of the trade rumors that surrounded Jose Bautista in the early fall didn't come to fruition. Alex Anthopoulos realizes that Bautista's bat is still one of, if not the best in all of baseball. Bautista's bat has already showcased some serious power during Spring Training and once the team makes their way back up to the hitter-friendly confines of the Rogers Centre in Toronto, the sky's the limit for the amount of balls Bautista will park in left field this season.