Those struggles seem like a thing of the past.
The Jays are the hottest team in the American League East division at the moment, with a seven-game winning streak that took their record to a fine 54-43.
They are 11.5 games behind the division-leading New York Yankees, but after their streak, they are comfortably in possession of a playoff spot anyway.
They also completed a statistical oddity: having two different managers in the same season with a seven-game winning streak.
“The @BlueJays are the first team in American League history to have a 7+ game winning streak under two different managers in the same season (first Charlie Montoyo, now John Schneider).”
The @BlueJays are the first team in American League history to have a 7+ game winning streak under two different managers in the same season (first Charlie Montoyo, now John Schneider).
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) July 27, 2022
The Jays Remain A Solid Squad With World Series Aspirations
Yes, they had fallen into a rut, but those things happen to every team in a given season.
That’s why the regular season has 162 games: to separate the mediocre from the OK, and the OK from the very good.
The Blue Jays, despite not leading their division, are a very, very good team.
Led by some excellent hitters like Vladimir Guerrero, Bo Bichette, George Springer, Teoscar Hernandez, Danny Jansen, Gabriel Moreno, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and several others, they can outscore any opponent on a given day.
They scored 28 runs in a game against the Boston Red Sox last week, for example.
Their rotation is also very good, and they could also be very active in the trade deadline to bring in some reinforcements, especially for the bullpen.
As currently constructed, the Jays are a playoff-caliber team that could get even better with a good deadline.