The Toronto Blue Jays have a completely different team this year.
Many young players such as Ricky Romero, Travis Snider and Adam Lind are all first-team regulars now.
Last year the Jays had the potential to get into the playoffs, but did not because of a lack of power at the plate.
The bullpen to me was perfect—you couldn't have asked for a better one.
The outfielders' batting wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible. They do need to produce more home runs this year though.
The problem was in the infield. Scott Rolen, Marco Scutaro, Lyle Overbay, and Joe Inglett all had below-average batting seasons. Aaron Hill has now replaced Inglett, which is a plus because Hill is good player.
Rolen has a big contract and needs to play up to that money this year, because 11 homers was not good. Scutaro is a good player that doesn't hit many long balls, but hits a lot of singles and doubles—one player like this is okay.
The worst of all of these players is Overbay. His stats look okay but that isn't everything. I went to many games last year, and Overbay was consistently terrible when he stepped up to the plate.
For the Jays, it will always be tough to compete with teams the size of New York and Boston. This year, I think that the Jays will finish with around a 82-80 mark. Although this is another mediocre season, it is actually pretty good considering how young the team is.
In a couple of years' time, I think the Jays will have many prospects come through, and will suddenly become major contenders in the AL East.
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