Toronto Blue Jays
One month into the 2016 Major League Baseball season, and it is evident that the current state of the Toronto Blue Jays is a far cry from the determined and triumphant champions of the previous season. Indeed, April has not been kind to the Toronto Blue Jays; the team is suffering from an insufferably slow start, particularly following an underwhelming experience with the Chicago White Sox (including a devastating 10-1 loss). Currently, the team is sitting in fourth place in the American League’s East Division after 14 losses. Moreover, the Jays do not seem to stand the slightest chance of being selected for the Wild Card games.
The present performances of the Blue Jays may come as an unexpected surprise for many loyal devotees; when we last saw the team in October 2015, the Blue Jays had wrapped up a wholly satisfying and unexpectedly thrilling season. In 2015, the Blue Jays finally ended their 21-year postseason drought at the time. As such, the team successfully concluded the longest active playoff drought in North American professional sports at the time.
After defeating the Baltimore Orioles, the Jays claimed the American League East division title. The American League Division Series proved to be a heart-pounding test of might. After losing two consecutive home games to the Texas Rangers, the Blue Jays accomplished a seemingly impossible feat; they achieved a stupendous three-game comeback series victory, and eventually advanced to the American League Championship Series.
However, a World Series victory was not in the cards for the team, who were eventually defeated by the Kansas City Royals. The Blue Jays lost the series 4-2, and the Royals would eventually be crowned World Series champions.
As April comes to a close, the Toronto Blue Jays will be looking for better days ahead. In the next few weeks, the team will be facing the Texas Rangers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Francisco Giants. However, as contract negotiations loom over the fates of highly prized sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, this may be this roster’s final shot at the playoffs or World Series.