2. The Toronto Blue Jays will not fall victim to good pitching on their route to the World Series.
Leading up to the postseason, there has been much hand-wringing over the fate of the Blue Jays. No one is truly willing to accept that Toronto’s first trip to the playoffs since 1993 will be a smashing success because the team must rely on offensive outbursts to win. The Blue Jays scored 127 more runs than the second closest team in baseball. They’ve got the MVP in Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Troy Tulowitzki — really, I could go on. No one is getting them out, even in the pressure packed postseason environment. There are no easy outs in the lineup. The top of the order hits, and the bottom of the order drives them in.
There is not a pitching staff in the American League capable of slowing this offense down, especially in the charged up Rogers Centre. The biggest threat to the Jays — the Kansas City Royals — have big questions of their own in the starting rotation. In most years, good pitching beats good hitting. There is just not enough good pitching in the American League to knock off Toronto. The National League side of the bracket could pose a bigger threat to the big boppers from Canada. It should be smooth sailing for the Blue Jays all the way to the World Series.