While the Jays offense has picked it up lately, the team's biggest strength going into 2012 has not been functioning at full capacity.
The Jays are 11th in AL team batting average, ninth in OPS and 13th in doubles.
If those stats stay where they are, the Jays will have trouble making the playoffs.
However, if you look closer, the Jays have actually been a very productive team.
They're fourth in runs in the American League, fifth in home runs and fourth in walks. The team is still generating runs despite the fact that the majority of their offensive starters have been batting below their career averages.
Colby Rasmus is batting 40 points below his career average. Adam Lind, 64 points below. Yunel Escobar 34 points below. And Jose Bautista is 72 points below his career batting average.
It may be wrong to say that all the Blue Jays will bring their numbers back up to their career averages, but it's safe to say that there's plenty of room to improve.
Simply put, these guys are much better hitters than they have shown so far.
The Rays, other than Ben Zobrist, are all above or around their career averages so far in 2012. Based on stats and percentages, the Jays offense will improve as the season progresses, while the Rays' won't fluctuate significantly.
The fact remains that if the season ended today, the Jays would make the playoffs for the first time since 1993, and the offense has been less than impressive.
In the interest of positivity, that's a good thing in this writer's mind.