Moves for Blue Jays to stay in the hunt
May, 31, 2014
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Charles KrupaThe Blue Jays have a legitimate chance at winning the AL East this season.The Blue Jays won 11 straight games last June on their way to finishing in last place, so the excitement over the team's strong May is restrained. When you haven't made the playoffs in 21 seasons, you understand how Lucy always pulls the football away from Charlie Brown.
But there is hope, given the circular nature of the lineup and the relative health of the lineup. Jose Reyes is playing every day and so are Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera, and Edwin Encarnacion tied a May record for homers that was set by Mickey Mantle. So yeah, Toronto has a real shot, especially in a year in which the other teams have been hammered by injuries in the way the Jays were last year.
Sometime after next week's draft, the Jays (and other teams) will start to dig into the question of how they can improve themselves with deals during the summer. But there probably already are some guidelines in place.