As we sit in the final week of January, just 19 days until Blue Jays pitchers and catchers report to Dunedin for spring training, it’s fair to say this club is not as strong on paper as its 2016 version. The failings of the off-season have been well-documented, highlighted by the unpopular decision to move on […]
Sitting just two games behind the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays have 71 games remaining to defend their division title. How can they do it? By continuing the strong play that saw them hit the All-Star break as one of the hottest teams in baseball. But […]
The Toronto Blue Jays get set to begin the proverbial second half of the season tonight in Oakland, following the MLB All-Star break earlier this week. While it doesn’t represent a numerical halfway point of the season (with just 71 of 162 games remaining), it offers us a great opportunity to re-visit some pre-season thoughts […]
Right field is where tears begin to form. Cito has been talking not only of starting Jose Bautista in right field, but he wants him to lead off. Ouch. Jose showed flashes last year – not of brilliance, but of mediocrity at best. Okay, so he hit a bunch of home runs at the end […]
With Opening Day now just a day away, it’s time to get crazy. There are certain expectations of the Blue Jays and their players this season, but we here at Jays Balk are going to go above and beyond, predicting some thing that *might* happen in 2016.
Earlier this week, I outlined where I thought the chips would fall for the Blue Jays pitching staff through Spring Training. Well, Friday marks the first official full-squad workout, so it’s time to take a look at how things should shake out for the position players. While there’s quite a bit of intrigue on the […]
What a way to start Spring Training. Jose Bautista showed up for the first official day of workout for pitchers and catchers, and spoke to the media to clear the air about his contract status (video in link). //players.brightcove.net/1704050871/35ce0c76-e6eb-4ea0-8ef1-f1ae1bb02162_default/index.html?videoId=4768010155001