Toronto Blue Jays: Is a 2013 World Series Title a Realistic Possibility?
The 2012 offseason will surely be remembered as one in which the Toronto Blue Jays put themselves back on the map.
Regardless of how the 2013 regular season plays out for the boys from the Great White North, the Jays made their mark when they elected to spend tens of millions of dollars to bring in a reigning Cy Young Award winner, a four-time All-Star and Gold Glove Winner and one of baseball's premier shortstops (among others).
In just a few months, Toronto put together what could be the best starting rotation in the American League and also improved what was already an imposing lineup.
In fact, some outlets even have the Blue Jays pegged as the favorites to win the World Series in 2013.
But are those types of expectations realistic?
Sure, Toronto has a team that, on paper at least, could be the fastest team in baseball, yet the team can also make the argument that they possess as much power in the batting order as any other team out there as well.
Then there's the aforementioned starting rotation that is loaded with talent and is as deep as any Jays fan could ask for.
Unfortunately, the game of baseball is not played on paper. It's played on the field and lasts for a grueling six months and 162 regular season games.
While this team has already lifted the spirits of many Jays fans (and rightly so), they should also be skeptical to a certain degree.
For starters, Brandon Morrow and Josh Johnson (who account for 40 percent of Toronto's starting rotation) are both injury prone and struggle to stay healthy for an entire season. Expecting them both to toe the rubber for 30-35 starts this season is probably unrealistic.
The team will also need a big rebound season from former ace and 2011 All-Star Ricky Romero, who's numbers from 2012 weren't even acceptable for a fifth starter.
In terms of hitters, the Jays will need to keep most of their lineup healthy all season (something that didn't happen this past season) and hope that Jose Bautista's wrist injury doesn't hamper his production and that Jose Reyes can bounce back from a down year in 2012.
So, although this team has the potential to make a run at the World Series, there are many "what-ifs" that this team needs to avoid and other things that need to go right in order for Toronto to win its first World Series Title in 20 years.
This team may seem like a World Series favorite, but winning the title in 2013 isn't all that realistic.
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