Tomorrow night the dumbass Texas Rangers visit the Rogers Centre for the first time since Josh Donaldson’s magnificent slide in Game Three of last year’s ALDS, and according to comments this morning from Ross Atkins on the Fan 590, the Jays’ MVP will be there and in the lineup to greet them. And so will Troy Tulowitzki!
On one hand it feels maybe slightly naive to get too excited for such huge reinforcements for a team that’s in as deep a hole as the Jays are. But on the other hand…
Blue Jays record on…
May 24, 2015: 20-26
May 24, 2016: 22-25
May 24, 2017: 21-26
— Blue Jays Nation (@thejaysnation) May 24, 2017
The Jays finished the last game Donaldson played in with a 1-8 record. They’ve gone 21-17 since then. What that should suggests to everyone is that they are truly not anything close to a bad baseball team, and their best is still yet to come.
Obviously no one can be sure that getting Donaldson and Tulo back will make enough of a difference to turn the Jays’ season around, given that they’re currently last in the AL East and 7.5 games back of the Yankees, but it’s going to make a difference. A goddamned big one!
Hey and they’re only four games back of the Wild Card! Uh… albeit with two teams tied for the second Wild Card spot currently, one team tied with them, and five more teams ahead of them. But still!
Atkins told reporters on Wednesday that the Jays are still “focused on adding and winning,” and while it’s obvious that he has to say a thing like that, with Donaldson and Tulo back, with J.A. Happ making a rehab start tonight, and with the club having managed to stay afloat in their absence, and with their schedule ahead not especially daunting, there’s no reason that they can’t get back in this race. They might not. It won’t be easy. But they’ve done enough these last few weeks to weather the storm. Now comes the fun part… or so we hope.
Let’s do this!!!