Toronto Blue Jays: Complete 2014 Season Preview

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Toronto Blue Jays: Complete 2014 Season Preview
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It’s amazing how much a year changes things.

Heading into the 2014 season, the Toronto Blue Jays have been completely under the radar and are not a popular pick to contend in the American League East.

This is a far cry from last year when, following an offseason makeover, the Blue Jays began the 2013 season, chosen by Las Vegas experts, as the favorites to win the World Series.

That certainly didn’t prove to be the case as the team struggled from the start, finishing 17.5 games out of a playoff spot.

While the disappointments of last year have caused a lot of critics to offer a pessimistic outlook on the team’s chances heading into this season, what’s ironic about this is that the 2014 Blue Jays have returned nearly the same roster as last season that was predicted by those same critics to do so well.

There were a lot of explanations given for the Blue Jays’ failure last season. Injuries, lack of chemistry and being unprepared because of the World Baseball Classic were the most popular ones.

As none of those explanations will be coming into play heading into Opening Day this year, it’s up to the team to show that it can reach its potential and deliver on last year’s lofty expectations.

With that being said, here is a complete preview of the 2014 Blue Jays season. This includes an analysis of the team’s performance in spring training, Opening Day roster predictions, breakout candidates, keys to success, a look at the team’s first series of the season in Tampa Bay and an outlook for the season.


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