The Blue Jays are currently well on their way to their 18th loss on the young season, a season in which they were supposed to contend for their division title, or at least the AL Wild Card. At the moment, their only competition for the biggest disappointment in baseball is the Angels. As Dave Cameron discovered two days ago, the track record of teams with a below .400 winning percentage at the end of April is absolutely dire. He concludes,
"Without Jose Reyes…it’s harder to see them playing like a great team for five months, and their April performance means that they have to play like a great team for five months or their season will end without a playoff spot. It’s too early for the Jays to give up and punt the season, but it’s not too early for us to note that Toronto’s season is now very likely going to end on September 29th."
Alex Anthopoulos took over the Jays after the 2009 season, as part of the new wave of young GMs who were taking MLB by storm. And he’s been fairly lauded by statheads for his willingness to take on other teams’ headaches to upgrade his club. Brett Lawrie, Colby Rasmus, Yunel Escobar. And Double-A has been given incredible support by the Jays’ ownership in 2013 to beef up the payroll and push their chips into the middle of the table, a strategy that netted them RA Dickey, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Melky Cabrera, and more.
But the Jays have seen their total wins decline every season Anthopoulos has been in charge, and they’re on pace to have their worst season since at least 1995. And it’s time to wonder whether the Blue Jays’s GM wunderkind deserves to keep his job if his club’s season really does end on September 29.