05 - Toronto
Offense: Nice outfield. Injuries could kill the rest.WsL Rank: 6th
Starting Pitching: Surprisingly feisty. WsL Rank: 7th
Relief Pitching: Depth could hold them back. Some big names up top though. WsL Rank: 10th
After putting up a pair of 100+ win seasons in the last three seasons without someone making the playoffs, Toronto finally got back to the big dance in 2010 off the strength of an improved pitching staff. Led by breakout star Ian Kennedy and in-season steal CJ Wilson, Toronto tore through the babies in the AL East before slaying the Fireflies in the ALDS. A sweep at the hands of Pittsburgh ended an otherwise impressive season for the Avengers.
Final Record: 98-61, 1st in AL East
Team AVG: .271, 6th in the WsL
Team OBP: .345, 6th in the WsL
Team SLG: .443, 4th in the WsL
Team ERA: 3.71, 9th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .230, 1st in the WsL
HR Allowed: 168, T-13th in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
Pitching depth is always a key indictator of future success. Toronto locked up Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Sanchez for a combined $8M this off-season. While they may not swing a playoff race for the Avengers, can anyone really say some team won't give up something major for one or both of them in July? We all know it's coming.
Worst Offseason Move
Injuries and ineffectiveness in the farm system may limit Toronto going forward, especially with so much talent hitting free agency next season. After a quick browse of the roster, names like Ike Davis, Brett Wallace, Sean Rodriguez, Jed Lowrie, Kyle Blanks, Andy Oliver, Junichi Tazawa and others will have to step up if the Avengers are to keep their hold on the division. Not to mention Lonnie Chisenhall was the one prospect that screamed BUST BUST BUST prior to the draft.
PG's '11 Prediction
Toronto looks like the one team in the AL East that has any interest in winning this year. They become like Colorado last year and sleepwalk to the division title. 95-67 record.