Are the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays a World Series-caliber team?
That's a question many Jays fans, and even respected baseball analysts, asked themselves after the offseason flurry that surrounded the team.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos added to his fame in the city of Toronto with big trades and signings that put the city in a frenzy.
Despite the Jays' struggles in the first week of the season, there is still plenty of baseball to be played and plenty of time for members of the bandwagon to jump off, only to jump back on again.
The judgment on this team will have to wait.
For now, the realm of speculation is where the 2013 Blue Jays live.
After reading Zachary D. Rymer's piece from a few weeks ago, entitled "Blueprint for Building a World Series Winner," I decided to take his examination of what it takes to win a championship and apply it to the 2013 Blue Jays.
Rymer wrote a spectacular, insightful article that makes several valid and sound points. As he points out, according to recent history, a Major League Baseball team needs eight elements in order to win the World Series:
1. Three starters who log over 180 innings
2. Two starters with K-rates over 7.0
3. A lefty specialist who holds left-handed hitters to a sub-.700 OPS
4. A righty setup man with a sub-2.0 BB/K rate, an OPS under .740 against lefties and an OPS under .740 against righties
5. A closer with a WPA over 2.0
6. 200 runs and a .340 OBP from the first two hitters in the lineup
7. Corner players who combine for 100 home runs and a .470 slugging percentage
8. A catcher, a shortstop, a second baseman and a center fielder who have a combined WAR of around 12
So, the (not so) simple question is this: Do the 2013 Jays match this criteria?