It has been a roller-coaster ride for Blue Jay fans this season. There were the highs of the early season when the Jays were at the top of the division and able to take on all challengers. Now the Jays wins are few and expectations are low. The Jays record in August was 9-19, a 52 win season pace. But the Jays won four of their last five games in the month, two in New York and two against Tampa. From August 1 through August 25 the Jays record was 5-18, a 35 win season pace. Now the Jays have started September 0-3 and there is little expectation of a win on any night.
The Jays struggles down the stretch have brought the future of John Farrell into focus. We debated this last week but be sure to vote in the poll on the left side of the page.
One of the disappointments of the season has been the inability of the Jays young prospects to show they will help the team in 2013. Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison and Luis Perez will miss most of 2013. Henderson Alvarez might need some more minors time if the Jays can add some pitching in the off-season. Travis d'Arnaud was injured. And Anthony Gose, Moises Sierra and Adeiny Hechavarria have shown how hard it is to break into the major leagues. Each of them look like they need at least another half season in AAA. Sierra had been the most successful of the threesome but he is hitting .143 in his last ten games.
The Jays are likely to announce some call-ups today. Anthony Gose, Chad Beck and David Carpenter are the most obvious call-ups. Trystan Magnuson could get a call too.
So is there anything to look forward to in the last month of the season?