Thursday, May 1, 2008

What if we're really this bad?

Here's the scary thought that popped into our head as we woke up at 3 am: What if this isn't just a bad streak? What if this isn't just a spot where our boys are hitting some "at 'em balls" and having some bad luck?

What if the 2008 Toronto Blue Jays are really this bad?

The reason that this pops into our head is that last year's paltry performances from a number of the club's putative offensive contributors were pretty much written off before the season began. Bad shoulder, bad wrist, bad whatever...the 2007 Jays were said to have underperformed for a number of reasons, but that should not have been taken to mean that they weren't capable of much more this year.

But what if Vernon Wells really is a .260, 20 homer, 85 RsBI, sub-.800 OPS kind of player? What if Lyle Overbay is destined to hit .270, with a dozen homers? What if Alex Rios topped out last year?

It might have been easy to cast these dark thoughts aside a few weeks ago. But after watching this team go 1-7 on this road trip, and 4-12 since the sweep of the lowly Rangers in Arlignton, those awful thoughts are getting harder to suppress.

9 comments:

Navin Vaswani said...

if things are still like this going into June, then maybe I'll buy this theory...but right now, no, i can't...i refuse to believe this team is this bad...they have to turn it around...i believe in the talent we have here...

Joanna said...

we can't be this bad. I mean, we look really bad, especially hitting wise. But the Sox haven't really hit more than we have this series either. They just have more timely hits. They were close/ tie games until the late innings. Wow, baseball is a motherfucker.

Torgen said...

If Overbay really is this bad, he hid it well for ages.

Philipp said...

Well, if we are absolutely out of it at the all-star break, we can get at least a high draft pick...

Tao of Stieb said...

Except that Overbay had a tremendous year (his best) in 2006 at the age of 29.

Now he's 31, and with a little more mileage.

D South said...

And what if Rolen is destined to hit a 1.065 OPS?

His awsomeness is the only bright spot right now.

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The Southpaw said...

If it carries on like this for another series, we might as well request a transfer to the WMLB.

Eric said...

I'll start really worrying when we don't have a +4 run differential and a 2-8 record in one run games. I'm right with you on being frustrated but this is still a .500 team, IMO (not that that's something to get especially excited about).