Heh...when you have 4 guys in your starting rotation that have taken no-hitters very deep into ballgames that's pretty impressive.
Cito Gaston took over that 2008 team from John Gibbons with a record of 35-40 and went 51-36 down the stretch. Not quite as good as the 1989 season when he went 76-48 from May 15th. Coincidentally it was John Farrell who was pitching (and lost) against the Jays the same day Cito Gaston was hired in 1989 LOL!!!
The Jays missed what would have been a wild card slot by 3 games in 1986.
You can't compare them yet since you're comparing paper to results.
2013's team is significantly faster and has more balanced power, but likely won't hit for as high an average as 2006. Still, it should easily score more runs.
The rotation is stronger by one starter. The Jays' top 3 in 2006 was a decent top 3. But in 2013, the ace of the 3 years prior has been bumped to #4 in the rotation (unofficially.) That's impressive. And it could get stronger still depending on what AA pulls off from here on. We know he's looking for another starter. But this will easily be a stronger rotation.
The bullpen should have similar results.
And defensively, this team should be stronger overall in the OF and at third.
2012 is just a better looking team, even comparing paper to paper.
The only thing that could kill it is injury and poor health, and that's a big concern. But as someone else pointed out earlier, the division is lacking a powerhouse this year. It won't be a one horse race.
The difference between 2006 and this year is the pitching. In 2006 we had a magnificent batting order. If we're healthy this year then this batting order could contend with 2006's. In 2006 we lacked pitching. If Romero regains his form then we have the best rotation in the AL East.
Last edited by JaysFan87; 11-19-2012 at 11:43 PM.
The lineups are different...
Halladay was the best pitcher in 2008
Burnett had a pretty decent season with 231 Ks
Litsch had sophomore luck
McGowan was ok with only 19 starts
Marcum pitched decent
JJ: We really don't know what he's going to be like. We're hoping he returns to his ace form, after getting used to his repaired arm last season
Morrow: Showed glimpses of being the Jays ace at season's end.
Buerhle: A work horse. If he stays, he'll give our BP a huge break every 5 games.
Romero: Hopefully last season was a roadbump. He's shown that he can be a top pitcher in the East.
Happ: Had some solid starts before he went down with a foot injury.
Conclusion: If I were to choose, I'd pick the 2012 rotation (current). The top 4 of the rotation are all top tier pitchers, compared to 2008, where only Halladay/Burnett were good.
"You are not acting like the person Mr. Rogers knew you could be."
We have no gauge for success. At all.
We really need to be a bit skeptical don't you guys think?
Last edited by Farsight; 11-20-2012 at 12:02 AM.