The baseball season is slowing its pace as we reach the middle of August. A number of teams are on the bubble for postseason berths and with October baseball shining in the near future and a month and a half away, games right now are crucial.
The Toronto Blue Jays are one of “these” teams and are sitting with a record of 4-11 during the month and a horrid 1-9 on the road. For a team that was once thought to have World Series opportunities written all over them last year, the circumstances have certainly changed.
Pitching comes to mind when discussing the team’s weaknesses and the lack thereof; with a rotation of Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchinson, and an upstart Marcus Stroman, you can see why this team is fighting hard right now.
On top of that, in a day and age when teams are much more free-swinging than in years prior, the value of an ace could never be higher.
With players like Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion you would expect a team that would consistently put up runs, but on the contrary, the Jays' hitting seems to come and go in spurts as well.
Given the team has had its fair share of injuries but at this point in the year, which team doesn’t?
Toss in a lack of moves before the trade deadline and you have what the Blue Jays have, a lack of direction and a season currently in limbo.
The “buds” aren’t entirely out of the wild card race right now but with Seattle pushing hard for a spot and Detroit right behind them, Toronto will have to find a way to win games and now.