Just picked up this year’s Lindy Sports MLB preview magazine and surprise, surprise, they predict the Jays will finish fourth this year.
Given that the Jays made no major upgrades this year and the Yanks, Red Sox and Rays didn’t lose any key pieces, I don’t really blame them. As much as I love the Jays, I don’t blame anyone who expect them to finish outside the playoff picture.
With a little luck Brett Lawrie will put it together quickly and have an Evan Longoria type season. Maybe Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow will form an unhittable ace duo.
I should note though that the news wasn’t all bad. The magazine also picks the Red Sox to finish third. As much as I’d like to see that happen, I can’t see a team that talented finish outside the playoffs again. Let’s face it. As great as last year’s collapse was, the Rays didn’t deserve to win the wild card. Boston was the better team and had they picked up just two more wins, this wouldn’t even be an issue.
Fortunately anything can happen between now and October. The Jays may not be the favourites but then again neither were the Cardinals in 2011.