Toronto Looks to Continue Winning Ways

Just weeks ago, the Jays were the MLB’s media darlings by finalizing a blockbuster trade that sent much of the Marlins’ core to Canada. They didn’t stop there, signing Melky Cabrera to a two year deal. With these bold moves, the message was now clear, Alex Anthopoulos has decided that the future is now.

With the Argos just winning the Grey Cup a day ago, fans are sportswriters are now starting to wonder if the sports fans in Toronto can finally rejoice. Can the Jays follow suit by bringing another championship home? The Jays have an excellent core now, boasting tons of power and speed. If the team can stay healthy for the duration of the 2013 season, there’s no reason why Jays fans won’t have something to cheer for.

Here’s the “go-to” lineup of the Jays projected by most people. An ideal season for Toronto’s batters next season statistically would look like this:

LINEUP R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
SS Reyes 99 11 52 39 .301 .368 .455
LF Cabrera 106 19 78 17 .312 .384 .502
RF Bautista 105 41 119 6 .303 .409 .561
1B Encarnacion 87 33 108 9 .283 .376 .538
3B Lawrie 85 28 106 18 .297 .357 .487
DH Lind 54 26 83 5 .252 .299 .432
CF Rasmus 71 25 80 5 .248 .411 .436
C Arencibia 49 27 77 1 .243 .292 .442
2B Bonifacio 81 3 31 59 .254 .335 .321

Consistency will be an issue that has yet to be addressed in the pitching staff. Following a disastrous season by Ricky Romero (And the rest of his staff too), he’s entering the next season with lots of question marks. The Jays can add insurance by bringing another steady veteran into the team. A good season by the Jays’ staff should see numbers like these below.

ROTATION W-L SV K BB ERA WHIP
R Johnson 15-5 0 192 45 3.01 1.17
R Morrow 13-8 0 207 82 3.89 1.26
L Romero 14-8 0 185 86 3.45 1.22
L Buehrle 12-10 0 114 42 3.73 1.31
L Cecil 11-13 0 133 47 4.16 1.33
BULLPEN W-L SV K BB ERA WHIP
L Janssen 1-1 25 65 9 2.48 0.88

Above Image: Josh Johnson delivering. (Allen Eyestone, The Palm Beach Post)

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