Maple Leafs fans chant for the Blue Jays

Toronto fans are excited about baseball, where the Jays will inevitable be as disappointing as the Maple Leafs

3/30/12 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Toronto Maple Leafs fans are pretty disappointed, as the Leafs just got eliminated from playoff contention in a year that many of them thought could be a bounce back season.

No worries, though, they're ready for the next disappointment. That, being the Toronto Blue Jays.




The new MLB playoff rules, which allow two wild card teams in each league, give the Jays a better chance to make the postseason. That having been said, there's a slim chance that they'll be able to beat either the Yankees, Red Sox or Rays and sneak into the top 3 in their division. That's not even accounting for the 9 teams in the other two divisions.

Toronto fans are going through a bit of a rough patch right now, and the Raptors are a pretty bad team as well, so they're no consolation.

Will this be the year the Blue Jays can finally break through and make the playoffs? Or is the AL East logjam just too much for them to handle?
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3/31/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Burrellfan1 wrote:
ESPN the Magazine picked the Rays to win the division.

guess thats y they didn't hire me

3/31/12   |   Burrellfan1   |   24247 respect

derms33 wrote:
wow, Am i the only one that thinks the Red Sox win the division?  

ESPN the Magazine picked the Rays to win the division.

3/31/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Pat wrote:
Even you don't honestly think that will happen. The Sox are basically the same team they were last year, and they won 90 games despite the worst start and worst finish in team history. They've bolstered the bullpen, cut some of the dead weight, and gotten healthier. I'd love to hear your logic behind your 4th place prediction. And honestly, I'm not even high on the Sox this year, but I still think they'll be competing with the Rays for 2nd place and the 2 wild card spots.

wow, Am i the only one that thinks the Red Sox win the division?  

3/30/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Burrellfan1 wrote:
Like you?  I hope all Red Sox fans will enjoy coming in 4th in the AL East this year.  Maybe they can get Bobby Cox to come out of retirement after they fire Bobby Valentine.

Even you don't honestly think that will happen. The Sox are basically the same team they were last year, and they won 90 games despite the worst start and worst finish in team history. They've bolstered the bullpen, cut some of the dead weight, and gotten healthier. I'd love to hear your logic behind your 4th place prediction. And honestly, I'm not even high on the Sox this year, but I still think they'll be competing with the Rays for 2nd place and the 2 wild card spots.

3/30/12   |   Burrellfan1   |   24247 respect

Pat wrote:
Sometimes I think people just say things for the attention.

Like you?  I hope all Red Sox fans will enjoy coming in 4th in the AL East this year.  Maybe they can get Bobby Cox to come out of retirement after they fire Bobby Valentine.

3/30/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

scquwi1 wrote:
The Jays were a better team then they showed last year, they should have been up there fighting for the East. I can see them winning it or coming in second this year, with the Rays fighting them for the top spot.

Sometimes I think people just say things for the attention.

3/30/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I'm writing the AL East preview for next week Pat, so I'll let you know then.

3/30/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

The Jays were a better team then they showed last year, they should have been up there fighting for the East. I can see them winning it or coming in second this year, with the Rays fighting them for the top spot.

3/30/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Burrellfan1 wrote:
The Blue Jays are winning the AL East this year, so they won't have to worry about the wildcard.  The Rays are having injury issues right now, and the hitting during spring training this year is worse than it was last year during the regular season.  The Yankees are getting old in the starting lineup and starting pitching is still a question mark.  The jury is still out if Bobby Valentine will work out in Boston.  

You realize the Jays finished 16 games out of the division lead last year, right? What improvements have they made to rectify that?

3/30/12   |   Burrellfan1   |   24247 respect

The Blue Jays are winning the AL East this year, so they won't have to worry about the wildcard.  The Rays are having injury issues right now, and the hitting during spring training this year is worse than it was last year during the regular season.  The Yankees are getting old in the starting lineup and starting pitching is still a question mark.  The jury is still out if Bobby Valentine will work out in Boston.  

3/30/12   |   Debi_L   |   11773 respect

Ugh.  Thanks for reminding me that the only Canadian team in the MLB really shouldn't be.....