If there’s anything the 2018 Toronto Blue Jays have taught us thus far, it’s that this ball club can win in a multitude of ways. Toronto’s primitive offense was so pitiful last year, that to lose a player of Josh Donaldson‘s caliber was reason to panic.
I didn’t even think twice about Donaldson’s name not being in the line-up on Friday as Toronto faced-off against an overly cocky Cleveland squad. Whereas last year when Donaldson went down to injury, I was just about ready to start waving the white flag.
What the Blue Jays front office did this off-season was reinforce the roster so that they’d be better prepared in case they were to lose a Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, or Devon Travis. Obviously they could never replace someone as talented as Donaldson completely, but you can certainly improve the players who’d be filling in for him if he isn’t playing.
After losing Edwin Encarnacion, and with Jose Bautista‘s struggles at the plate, Donaldson quickly became one of the only players (along with the vastly improved Justin Smoak) to fear in what had become a seriously depleted offense. Things aren’t nearly as desperate for the Blue Jays this time around. This team has proven they can win ball games without relying so heavily on the long ball as they have in the past. And hopefully they continue to prove they can succeed without their all-star 3rd baseman.
After the conclusion of last season, John Gibbons admitted he needed a more versatile line-up if the Blue Jays were to have any chance of competing in 2018. Well, with the addition of Curtis Granderson, Yangervis Solarte, and Aledmys Diaz, it appears as if Gibbons and the Blue Jays now have a more well-rounded offense that has at least got them off to an impressive 9-5 start, and who knows how much more?