Are the Blue Jays playoff contenders?

With the second half of the Blue Jays’ season about to start, it is important to know where they stand in terms of the future. They are currently 5 games back of the final wildcard spot but they haven’t managed to string together winning streaks (the longest is 5 games) or even get to .500.

However, in the first half of the season, they were plagued with horrible injuries to their star players (Sanchez, Donaldson, Tulowitzki, Travis, and Happ). With their lineup mostly healthy now, it is safe to assume that they will be much more competitive than before.

Will this be enough to get them to the playoffs? Personally, I don’t think so. Even if they do, I don’t think this team is capable of winning the World Series. The Blue Jays rely way too much on home runs and the moment their power hitters go into a slump, the team collapses. We’ve seen this team in the playoffs twice and each time they had the same problem: bringing with runners in scoring position home. Until the Blue Jays can change that, they will never be successful in the playoffs – if they even make it this time.





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