Blue Jays brass feels team is in ‘very healthy state’ going forward after playoff collapse


Just a couple of days after an epic Game 2 collapse knocked his team out of the playoffs, Blue Jays normal supervisor Ross Atkins stated the feelings from the loss “had been tough” for everybody concerned.

The Blue Jays had World Series aspirations however as an alternative exited the post-season with out recording a single victory, falling in two straight video games to the visiting Seattle Mariners.

“We sat in right here 5 days in the past and felt superb about us making a deep run and had been assured that we had the team to do it, and we did not,” Atkins stated Tuesday throughout a media availability at Rogers Centre.

“So that was a disappointing final result for us on Saturday.”

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Blue Jays followers look to the longer term after post-season loss

After a devastating Game 2 loss in the post-season to the Seattle Mariners, Blue Jays followers are reliving the drama, licking their wounds and waiting for the team’s future.

After a shutout loss in Friday’s Game 1, the Blue Jays constructed an 8-1 lead after 5 innings in Game 2. Seattle used a pair of four-run frames to drag even and added the go-ahead run in the ninth for a surprising 10-9 win.

The Mariners superior to play the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series. The Blue Jays had been left to seek for positives and sit up for subsequent season.

“I really feel that the group is in a really healthy state,” Atkins stated. “I have never considered the easiest way to summarize the complete season however excited about the state of the group is the place my thoughts goes.”

The team roster is in fine condition with a robust younger core and most key gamers below contract. The Blue Jays will doubtless be in place to spend in the low season if wanted.

Schneider praised

One front-burner problem is figuring out whether or not John Schneider can have the interim tag faraway from his supervisor title. The 92-win Blue Jays went 46-28 after he changed Charlie Montoyo in July.

“I believe will probably be very tough for us to search out higher than John Schneider,” Atkins stated. “But out of respect for the group, out of respect for John Schneider, I do need time to work via the method with him.”

Canada’s lone big-league team did return to the playoffs this 12 months after coming simply brief in 2021. Toronto went 22-11 down the stretch however inconsistency — a problem that plagued the team all season – returned when it mattered most.

Seattle grew to become the third team in Major League Baseball historical past to return again from a seven-run deficit to win a post-season recreation.

Atkins goals to construct on basis

The Blue Jays do have robust constructing blocks in place for a franchise that has not superior to the American League Division Series since 2016.

Alek Manoah emerged as a transparent ace of the beginning rotation and Jordan Romano of Markham, Ont., cemented his spot as nearer. Youngsters Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Bo Bichette put up robust numbers once more to assist anchor the team’s offence.

Atkins does have a choice to make on pending free agent Ross Stripling, who solidified the rotation when Hyun-Jin Ryu was misplaced for the season.

Another left-handed bat, bullpen depth and firming up plans for the again finish of the beginning rotation might be low season priorities.

“I really feel superb in regards to the development of this group, the muse that we’ve got and am excited to enhance upon it,” Atkins stated.

The Blue Jays have misplaced eight of their final 9 playoff video games. Toronto final received the World Series in 1993.

Also Tuesday, Atkins stated that outfielder George Springer suffered a concussion and shoulder sprain on Saturday. He added that Springer was “recovering properly” and was anticipated to be cleared to journey comparatively quickly.

Springer was damage when he collided with Bichette as they tried to catch a blooper in shallow centre subject. Bichette was shaken up however stayed in the sport whereas Springer was taken off the sphere on a golf cart.

Atkins stated there is “nothing to be involved about long-term” concerning Springer’s accidents. Springer, 33, has 4 years remaining on his $150-million US, six-year contract.


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