It's to be expected that a team on pace for 90-plus losses would feature far more lows than highs from its season. The Toronto Blue Jays are no exception here. While there are several highs to celebrate, the season that will end Wednesday has long since spun out of the hope for wild card contention that was a believable theme to kick off the season. No one is downplaying the effect of injuries; they've been numerous and devastating. But the roster, outside of Edwin Encarnacion, hasn't shown one player whose performance could be considered all-star worthy. There have been plenty of opportunities with those injuries, but it's arguable that those opportunities were not grasped, at least not entirely. So here's a look at the highs and lows of 2013: HIGHS EDWIN ENCARNACION: Carried the team for the first six weeks of the season until Jose Bautista found his stroke, then continued on an all-star tear that has seen him vault to the home run leaders, and become one of the game's most dangerous power hitters. That's saying a lot too, given that one trend in the game is the increasing number of power hitters who are also hitting for average. And Encarnacion has so far proven he's worth every penny of the contract extension he signed the day before the all-star break in July. He will easily be the Jays player of the year. ATTENDANCE: Toronto, after 80 home games, has drawn 2,079,894, with a per game average of 26,151 (23rd in the majors).That's better than 2011's average of 22,444 (25th in majors). The current level marks the highest attendance figure in the past four seasons (including this one). It's the first time the Jays have surpassed the 2 million threshold since 2008 (2,399,786), which stands as the high water attendance mark since 1998. Every year since then, the Jays have been under the American League average, though. That average is over 2.3 million this season.
Blue Jays 2012: Edwin Encarnacion aside, roster hasn't shown much promise
Toronto Star | Oct 3