It's been about a month....and man does a lot change in a month when you watch the Blue Jays.
A month ago we were 3.5 games out of first place, which sounds better than it actually was, we were playing about .500 baseball (sitting at .45-46 going into the All-Star break). We would win one lose one and it was getting annoying, never getting a run together. The good part was that, over the few games before that, our pitching was starting to look better.
Alex's poll numbers weren't good:
Do Not Approve: 48%
Since then, the team has gone 17-6. After dropping to a low of 8.0 games behind the Yankees (remember when we were thinking the Yankees would never lose again?), on July 28th, we've only lost 1 game and, with the help of a sweep of the Yankees, we are just half a game behind them.
There were (in case you missed it) some trades. We picked up Troy Tulowitzki, David Price, Ben Revera, LaTroy Hawkins, Mark Lowe and Cliff (or Chad or Craig....I know it starts with a C) Pennington.
We lost Danny Valencia (though not through trading him, DFAed in a move I'll never understand), Jose Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Jesus Tinoco, Miguel Castro, Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd, Jairo Labourt, Jimmy Cordero, Alberto Tirado, Jake Brentz, Nick Wells, Rob Rasmussen and Dawel Lugo.
Basically, if you were a Jays pitching prospect, you are no longer a Jays pitching prospect. The cost was high, but we picked up some very good players. You can't complain about the early results, right now it seems like we might never lose again.
The Blue Jays are going for it now and will worry about the future when it comes. I've never been a fan of that, but most of the players we picked up will be here for a few years. And, who knows, maybe we can talk David Price into staying? Next year's team should be good too. Beyond that.....that's a good question.
Our pitching, which was a weakness, has become a strength. Imagine how much better it will be with Marcus Stroman. Gibby finally has the bullpen set up the way he would like. I hate the 8-man pen, but they are doing a great job. Course, the 8th man, Aaron Loup has only pitched to 1 batter in the last two weeks, so we could have a 4th outfielder. But no, we'd rather have that extra pitcher rusting away.
Our offense has been amazing all year, and looks that much better with Tulowitzki leading off. And the defense looks so much better with Tulo at short and Revere in left (I wouldn't mind if he started to hit soon). It's kind of strange that our offense is so good with 2 of our 3 outfielders not hitting at all.
Anyway, let's have the poll.