One thing that the Toronto Blue Jays have shown this season is that they are consistently inconsistent. On occasion they have looked like a team equipped to raise their play to a new level—only to follow it up with disappointing stretches against teams they should beat (teams worse than .500) or fall short against teams they are competing with for a playoff spot. They also haven’t been able to get on a roll. As of May 23, they have gone on five winning streaks of two or more games followed by losing streaks of two or more games. They began their season alternating wins and losses two at a time—splitting their first 12 games. They then swept the Kansas City Royals (April 20-24) but then lost their next four—bringing them back to .500 (10-10) after 20 games. Begin Slideshow
The signing of Vladimir Guerrero comes as a low-risk/high-reward move for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was signed to a one-year deal worth $1.3 million, which will be prorated based on his time with the club this season. At 37 years of age, it remains to be seen how much Vladdy has to offer. He is probably Hall of Fame bound as he is a career .318 hitter with 449 home runs and 1,496 RBI. Adam Lind will likely be most affected if Guerrero can play his way onto the Blue Jays’ roster. As of May 15, he is batting just .184 with three homers and 11 RBI in 31 games.Begin Slideshow
The Toronto Blue Jays are a team on the rise and appear to be on the verge of taking the next step in arguably the toughest division in baseball. They boast one the best hitters in the game in Jose Bautista—MLB’s 2010 and 2011 home run champion, their rotation is led by 2011 All-Star Ricky Romero and they also have budding superstar and Langley, BC native Brett Lawrie to showcase. If the Jays are to contend this season and beyond, then they will need larger crowds at the Rogers Centre. They were the first team to draw over four million fans and accomplished the feat three consecutive seasons (’91, ’92 and ’93). In 1993, they averaged 50,098 fans per game for a season attendance of 4,057,947—the sixth most in MLB history, trailing only four New York Yankees seasons (2005-2008) and one Colorado Rockies season in 1993 (4,483,350).Unfortunately for the Jays, those ...