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Toronto Blue Jays: The Reality of an Injury-Plagued 2012 Season

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 26:  Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a fourth inning home run during MLB game action against the Oakland Athletics July 26, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
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George HalimCorrespondent IIAugust 7, 2012

I'm not going to sugarcoat this; the Blue Jays aren't going to make it to the playoffs this year.

There are teams with injuries, and then there's Toronto.

With 12 guys on the disabled list, it's becoming a fiasco worth hiring a second or third team doctor. It began with the pitchers (nine to be exact), but it's slowly filtering down to the batting order.

The Jays have been left without Jose Bautista, Adam Lind, J.P. Arencibia, not to mention the occasional day-to-day injury, recently those of Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus.

Toronto is a tremendous hitting team, regardless of their record, but despite being in the top ten of every major hitting category in the A.L., including second in home runs, they just can't do it when it matters most.

With runners on base, the Jays fall out of the top ten in average, slugging, on-base percentage and OPS. They've also struck out 315 times, fifth in the American League.

Another issue is that other teams are simply playing too well.

The Jays have been the bad-luck team of the bigs this year. If you take a look at the Oakland Athletics, they have horrible team statistics. 

But alas, as of today, they sit atop the Wild Card standings. Why? Because they don't go away, leading the MLB with 13 walk-offs. 

When it comes to consistency, Toronto just doesn't have it. 

Let's put it in perspective. To begin July, the Jays lost two games, then won two and lost the next three. It's a never-ending process that has kept the Blue Jays at the bottom of the A.L. East with a 53-55 record.

What's left but to look at the farm? 

The core of Toronto's farm system is made up of All-Stars, young players with tremendous upside, hard throwing pitchers, speedy base runners and a plethora of power hitters.

It's not going to happen in 2012, but the future is bright.

The Blue Jays need to focus on getting their young guys some at-bats this season, giving them experience at the big league level.

To end on a high note, let me say this: the organization is headed in the right direction.

Although they're taking a lot of heat for it right now, remember that it's a process and that it won't happen in a year or two.

This club is going to do big things in the near future. They're going to put themselves in a position to go after superstars at the deadline and make a playoff run.

But most importantly, the Blue Jays are shaping themselves to win a World Series and not to play for a one-game playoff.

All it takes is a little time and patience. 

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