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Why are the Toronto Blue Jays so disappointing?

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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Why are the Toronto Blue Jays so damn disappointing?

This one hurts. Such a young, talented team with some of baseball’s most exciting players. The Toronto Blue Jays had the team to go far this postseason. I know Trey Daubert and I wanted to see this team go far. Instead, they were swept at home by a team who last made the playoffs in 2001.

This Blue Jays team was really looking up. A roller coaster of a season led to manager Charlie Montoyo being fired in July. Bench coach John Schneider took over, and the vibe in the clubhouse seemed to click as finished the regular season 92-70.

Their deep lineup was getting hot at the right time. Their bullpen was well-rested going into the playoffs, and the rotation was looking deadly in a best-of-three. Alek Manoah and Kevin Gausman should’ve been enough to win two games.

But the baseball gods didn’t want it that way. Manoah and his “pressure is something that goes in tires,” comment horribly backfired. He couldn’t even escape the first inning without giving up three runs. For game two, Gausman kept the Blue Jays in the game, but a disastrous relief appearance from Tim Mayza and Anthony Bass let an 8-1 lead vanish. Not only did they blow a seven-run lead, they blew it on such an unlucky hit.

Right into no man’s land, brutal way to blow it.

So where does this team go from here? There are plenty of what-ifs and conclusions we could make. Should the Blue Jays replace Schneider with a veteran manager? Maybe, but the interim did what he could, and the team went 46-28 under his watch. Are the kids such as Manoah and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. not built for the postseason? They absolutely are, but it was their first series.

Building a team isn’t easy. For Blue Jay fans, the only thing you can do is wait. This team is young and inexperienced, and the best way to mature is to go through failures like this. This team isn’t going anywhere. As much as it hurts, the Jays will be back in the postseason next year. They deserve to win it all, and it’ll be a long offseason until we see what this team cooks up.

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