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The Who Jays?

Entering the 2010 season, the Toronto Blue Jays were predicted to throw in a lost season in large effect from losing so much talent.

The events surrounding Toronto’s offseason are well documented. Ace Roy Halladay wanted out of The J.P. Ricciardi Disaster.   After another disappointing season, the Jays sensed their window of contention had passed, and sought to turn their single proven commodity into the biggest return of the century. Fortunately for the Jays, Ricciardi was given the boot before, well, booting another deal. Instead of a “Retiardi” as it one might aptly call it, newly crowned GM Alex Anthopoulos spun Halladay to the Phillies for a robust injection of young talent–most notably prospects Brett Wallace and Kyle Drabek.

The moment Halladay’s bus ticket was punched for Philly, the Jays were considered non-factors in the East for 3 years minimum as they boarded the S.S. Rebuilding. For the first time in what seemed like ages, “experts” up, down, left, right were calling for a team OTHER THAN the O’s and Rays to finish last in the East. That is actually a big deal. All this negative Jays vibe centered around one question: who the heck were the Blue Jays without Roy Halladay? How could they possibly be good without The Doc?

Yet here we are nearly 60 games in and Toronto is just a handful of games out of first, and neck-and-neck with the Red Sox for 3rd in the division. So somebody must be pitching and hitting on their team, and pretty well at that. If fact, the Jays are 4th in ERA and xFIP and 5th is OPS and wOBA. That is, they are pitching and hitting exceptionally well. As Jerry Seinfeld once said–who are these people?

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