Toronto Blue Jays: Why the AL East Is Ripe for the Picking in 2012

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Toronto Blue Jays: Why the AL East Is Ripe for the Picking in 2012
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Much like their roster, the Blue Jays season is young. But after the great spring training and a few early wins there is a buzz going about the city of Toronto. Some say it’s premature, and I tend to agree.  But this is a city that is starving for a winner.

I believe the excitement for the Blue Jays goes back to the end of last season when Brett Lawrie was called up to the big leagues. The fans took it as a sign that the Blue Jays were entering a new phase. A phase that would see the Blue Jays eventually reach the post-season. Many fans believe that this goal is even closer to being a reality than earlier thought.

One thing fueling that fire is the fact that the rest of the American League East has not yet been its normally dominant self. Again, I understand that it’s early, but that extra wild-card berth that’s been put in place this year is going to be huge. The Blue Jays realize they don’t have to win the AL East–being third best could get them into the post-season. The following slides show look at the reasons why the Blue Jays may be able to claim one of those playoff spots this year.

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