By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire. "
Do we like the Toronto Blue Jays coming out of the All Star Break ?
There was much joy in the performance from Vladimir Guerrero Junior at the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby where he cracked 91 homers in 3 rounds of lob ball.
Yes, Guerrero hasn't lit it up in the big leagues, not yet, but I think there's massive upside here based on the flashes he's displayed, plus he's been a hitting star at every level, so why not at the Major Leagues. Eventually.
And what about the " other Junior ", the transformed infielder to outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr ?
And did the All Star Break not come at the wrong time for the emerging Cavan Biggio ?
And how about Smoak ? And Galvis ? And Telez ? And Jansen ?.......and.......well, the Jays offense has put up some significant numbers of late.
In their last 11 games, only twice have they not put 6 runs on the board, and curiously those 2 games were back to back against..........Baltimore.
Numbers don't lie, not offensively, nor in the standings where Toronto is 4th in the American League East at 34 & 57; or put another way, thank goodness for Baltimore.
Here's the the thing, between now and August 7th, the Jays will play 20 of 26 on the road.
That's tough enough.
But the lineup on the field may also be significantly altered with pending trades, Stroman ?, Giles ?, Smoak ?, Galvis ? Others ?...all of which could mean 34 & 57 might be the " bright " half of the season.
There is hope. There is reason for optimism. There is massive potential for development among the Blue Jays youthful core.
But the early price for this promise is a miserable year to this point, and maybe worse results from now until the end of the baseball season for the Toronto Blue Jays.
I'm Fred Wallace