TORONTO- Okay Blue Jays Fans! There’s no need to panic right now. But following last Wednesday loss against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Blue Jays are struggling big time as their playoff chances are getting slimmer and slimmer.
After going on a tear in July and August, the Blue Jays lost their momentum with a 3-9 record in September. As manger John Gibbons said yesterday during his post-game press conference, the Blue Jays have hit ‘rock bottom.’
What’s more concerning is that their best player Josh Donaldson has been sidelined with a sore right hip, which could be an indication of his 0-23 slump at the plate. The 2015 AL MVP is hoping to return as soon as possible, but still fears over the upcoming MRI results.
Even if Donaldson can’t play, his teammates have to step up when the games matter. Their bats have gone cold with a .218 batting average. Russell Martin was red hot in August, however he’s gone cold in September hitting .129. Jose Bautista just can’t seem to recover from a frustrating season. Michael Saunders continues to struggle after the all star break. Their bats are have been so bad lately that Gibbons had to call up Ezequiel Carrera to look for some spark with their bats.
Their rotation have been their biggest strength all season long. But now they’ve regress with a 5.94 ERA in September. Marco Estrada performed well in the first half, but struggled in the 2nd half. He’s also dealing with a herniated disk in his back. Aaron Sanchez is dealing with a blister. And haven’t been as effective as of late. Marcus Stroman have shown some flashes but still can’t find that consistency. And finally R.A. Dickey and Francisco Liriano have been tough to watch. The bullpen has been taxed and underwhelming.
Entering a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Blue Jays are looking to find their identity. The Angels are clearly out of the playoff race, but so were the Rays. The Blue Jays need to win at least three of four against the struggling Halos. But the schedule is going to get tougher and tougher. They will face the Seattle Mariners, who are only 1.5 games back behind the Blue Jays for the 2nd wild card spot. They will conclude their rest of the season facing their AL East Rivals.
The Blue Jays may have pick a bad time to be playing this poorly but there’s still time to turn things around. With only 16 games remaining, the Blue Jays need to play as a whole in order to keep their playoffs hopes alive. Every single games are very crucial for the Blue Jays.