It’s just about that time of year when the internet is flooded with predictions and rankings for next season by everyone with a keyboard. Of course nobody is going to be particularly high on the Jays because they’re the only team ever to rely on players returning from surgery, but after finishing in third place for a decade your average hack doesn’t even care enough to proofread their own article. Like the first one from MSNBC, that has no insight you couldn’t find by surfing the Jays home page for 10 minutes, and the elegant passage:
A.J. Burnett is another thing that could push up the Jays’ win total. He made only 25 starts last season, but his absence and Gustavo Chacin’s injury allowed Dustan McGowan, Shawn Marcum and Jesse Litsch to grow and develop. It’s much the same story with the position players, as Vernon Wells, Troy Glaus, Lyle Overbay and Reed Johnson all will be coming back from injury-plagued seasons.
Gross. Apparently the Jays are also going to go 85-78. I assume that means at the end of 162 games they will be tied for the wildcard and lose a one-game playoff.