So I just finished watching the Jays finish off a sweep of the Minnesota Twins and I can already hear the nonsense. Granted, I haven’t read anything on Twitter or heard anything yet in the streets, but I am sure it’s coming. I can almost guarantee that it’s coming.
The Toronto Blue Jays have now won three straight games. They just finished a 5-1 road trip through Arizona and Minnesota. They are an impressive 10-3 in their past 13 games.
Never mind the fact that despite this great run they are still 9 games under .500, 19 games behind the Red Sox for first in the AL East, and 11 games back of the second wild card spot.
Never mind that stuff.
Because, brace yourselves – this is what is coming:
The fact that the Jays have gone 10-3 in their past 13 games WITHOUT Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus will only cause a whole cluster of the Jays fandom to start saying ludicrous things like this:
“Clearly we can win without Bautista. We should trade him for a front-line ace.”
“I knew we could win without Rasmus, and with Gose in CF. Goes to show that we don’t need him. Trade him for a powerful 2B.”
Of course, we should all choose to ignore the following:
- It is September baseball and the Jays have made this impressive run largely against teams that are out of the playoff race
- Bautista, before his injury, had 28 HR, an .856 OPS, and a team leading 4.1 WAR
- Rasmus, before his injury, had a 4.0 WAR, an impressive .812 OPS, and was likely on his way to setting career highs in HR and RBI
- That a 13 game stretch represents only 8% of a full MLB schedule, so small sample size may be a factor
- That, even if AA was considering dealing either of the two, acquiring an ace SP or an All-Star calibre 2B is, you know, kind of difficult
No, there are fans who will begin chirping that Bautista and/or Rasmus should be dealt in the offseason. There are “smart” people who will be all over Anthopoulos to ship two of the best offensive players in the 2013 AL out of town for pitching help….because padding the rotation with Johnson, Buehrle, and Dickey seemed to work wonders last year.
But that is only the start of it.
We will also hear that Ryan Goins, despite a .660 OPS and a career minor league OPS of .706, is the answer at second base. I have suggested that he has a shot at winning the job next year, but that was more as a result of comparing him to the Izturis/Bonifacio disaster of this year. Yes he has a great glove, but I think further upgrades are required.
We will also hear that Esmil Rogers, especially because of his past two starts (6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB on Monday vs. Arizona, and 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB today) should be a lock for the rotation next year. Maybe enough of a lock to send Josh Johnson packing. Yes Esmil has been great, but how quickly fans forget that in 9 starts from July 4 to August 20 he went 0-4 with a 7.47 ERA and a .962 OPS against, and had people calling for his head. Also, lest we forget that although Johnson had a terrible year, he has been one of baseball’s best pitchers in the past few years. I’m not saying that Toronto should definitely qualify him for 2014, but if we’re set to anoint Rogers as a rotation saviour, perhaps looking at a guy with a track record should be advised.
Anyways, as I said, the nonsense and tomfoolery hasn’t started yet.
But I can feel it.
Jays fans – stay calm and patient.
The idiots will fade away eventually.