Over the course of the past week, 500 Level Fan has posted a series of divisional previews, and a host of blatantly incorrect 2015 predictions.
Today I wrap up my season prediction columns with a look at what’s in store for the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays, just in time for this afternoon’s opener.
Here are 25 predictions about Toronto’s upcoming season. Enjoy!
1. Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Donaldson combine to hit over 100 HR.
2. Both Bautista and Donaldson finish in the top-7 of AL MVP voting.
3. Four Toronto rookies finish in the top-10 of AL Rookie of the Year voting.
4. Devon Travis never loses the second base job, fending off challenges from Izturis and Goins, and finishes with very nice rookie numbers.
5. The Blue Jays miss the bat of Melky Cabrera in LF, as Michael Saunders struggles to stay healthy and Kevin Pillar struggles to stay productive.
6. Despite losing Marcus Stroman and being labeled as a weak spot by pundits, Blue Jay starting pitchers finish in the top half of all of baseball in ERA….
7. …Mainly because Drew Hutchison has a breakout season, with a sub-3.00 ERA and a 9+ K/9 ratio.
8. After using 23 different relief pitchers in both 2013 and 2014, the Jays continue to cycle through arms in 2015. Looking for the best possible bullpen, Toronto once again uses 23 relievers this season.
9. One of those relievers is Steve Delabar, who makes a surprise return to the big leagues in June.
10. Dioner Navarro is traded before the deadline.
11. Russell Martin proves more than adequate at handling Dickey’s knuckleball, meaning that after Navarro is dealt the Jays call up A.J. Jimenez to serve as Martin’s backup, as opposed to Josh Thole.
12. Jose Reyes plays over 145 games.
13. After struggling against them for years and years, the Jays finally win the season series against the Yankees.
14. Dalton Pompey provides one of the highlights of the season with a 5-hit game.
15. A year after completely falling apart in August with a 9-17 record, Toronto erases those memories by going 19-8 in the month this year.
16. This year’s winner of the “no-name reliever who comes out of nowhere to have a very nice season” award is Colt Hynes.
17. Devon Travis puts up better number across the board than Brett Lawrie does in Oakland.
18. Toronto scores over 20 runs in a game, twice.
19. On Tuesday April 21, the Jays host the Orioles, and Baltimore’s Travis Snider is given a nice ovation by the home crowd, before striking out 3 times against Blue Jay pitching.
20. In his comeback season from his steroid suspension, A-Rod does absolutely nothing against the Jays, finishing with 1 HR and a sub .200 average.
21. The Jays rip off a 10-game winning streak and two separate 6-game winning streaks.
22. A Blue Jay finishes in the top-5 in the AL in stolen bases
23. Mark Buehrle exceeds 200 IP yet again.
24. Toronto enters September within 3 games of the AL East lead.
25. The Blue Jays clinch a playoff spot during the season’s final series in Tampa Bay, ending a 22 year drought.