I know I know, it’s a bold and some might say ridiculous title for a post, but hear me out. If there were 16 games that meant more than any other to the Blue Jays this season, it would be the 16 they’re scheduled to play between now and the July 31 trade deadline.
Where Toronto currently sits in the standings (5 games out of the final wild card), if the trade deadline were to be today, you’d have to believe the Blue Jays would be sellers rather than buyers. But with two weeks left to play before the all so exciting trade deadline, the Blue Jays still find themselves with an opportunity to turn things around and make something of this season.
After Friday’s impressive 7-2 win against the Tigers, Steve Pearce said it perfectly that “Now’s the time when we’re not in any position to wait around.” So if this group of players wants to stick together, they have a little more than two weeks to prove to the Blue Jays front office that this team has the potential to make something good happen.
With series’ in Boston and Cleveland next week, it isn’t going to be an easy task for the Blue Jays to get themselves back in the playoff hunt. As nice as it would be to play weaker teams between now and the end of July, the series against the Red Sox and Indians are so important for Toronto as they gauge how they measure up against two of the top teams in the American League.
Jose Bautista was quoted the other day as saying this team doesn’t want to be broken up. Well if that is indeed the case, lets just see how badly you guys want to remain together by playing some convincing baseball. The players know all too well how many games remain prior to the deadline…if ever there was a time this season to get motivated to play their very best and for an extended period, it’s now.
With their mediocre play and less than impressive 42-48 record, Toronto is walking a very fine line between being buyers and sellers. The next 16 games should show just how badly this team really does want it, and whether or not they have what it takes to compete for a spot in the post-season.