Losers of 8 of their 13 games since the trade deadline, including losses in 6 of their past 10, are the Blue Jays in danger of fading down the stretch?
Heading into the August 5 trade deadline, the Blue Jays were the hottest team in baseball and sat with the best record in the SAHL. As a result, the team made no significant moves at the deadline and was primed to make a run at the 2024 World Series. Since then, however, the club has hit a bit of a bump in the road, having a record of 8-9 in August and falling to the 7th spot (behind fellow AL teams Cleveland and Chicago) in the most recent power rankings.
While the offense has been the best in all of baseball (a ridiculous 769 runs scored), their pitching staff has given up the 10th most runs in the AL. That fact is a bit deceiving, however, as the jays staff has the best FIP in the AL, meaning their pitchers have been the victim of some awful defense.
Can a team that boasts a likely playoff rotation of Nate Pearson, Shane Bieber and John Rogers come out of the AL? Will the defense be able to step up and support their starters? We take a look at the top 3 in their rotation after the jump:
First we take a look at Nate Pearson…