The Columbus Blue Jays had a rough year in 2016-17, going 16-25, and there was a lingering question about how they’d bounce back.
The Blue Jays were coming off an injury-riddled season, which saw the team lose a number of key players including starter Troy Tulowitzki, shortstop Troy Tulo, and reliever John Buck.
Now, the Blue Jays have made the playoffs again in 2017, and it was a good one.
They beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the American League Division Series, clinched a wild-card spot, and made the postseason for the first time in their history.
Here are five takeaways from the Blue Jackets’ 2017 playoff run.
It wasn’t always easy for the Blue Jay’s The Blue Jay franchise was built by former MLB star and former Blue Jays player, Jose Bautista.
The club went from an obscure minor league franchise to a national team that reached the World Series in 2016.
This season, Bautia’s team was also one of the best teams in baseball, winning the American Association Championship for the second time in three seasons.
Bautas team also finished in the top four in many other major statistical categories, including hits, runs scored, home runs, and RBIs.
The team finished with a .320 batting average in the regular season, good enough for fifth in the AL.
It was also the best mark for a Blue Jays team since their 2007 World Series title team.
Baus was an All-Star in 2017.
He had a season-high 33 homers, which tied for the most in franchise history.
The former outfielder led the team in RBIs (55), runs scored (65), and slugging percentage (.739), all career highs.
In 2017, he hit .294/.381/.523, his best mark since 2006.
The 29-year-old is entering his third season with the Blue jays, and he’s a solid enough player to be considered a franchise cornerstone.
The big story of the Blue Jays’ season was how the Bluejays’ offense took off.
With the addition of Jose Bauza, the team had the fifth-best offense in baseball.
Bauzas two-time MVP-caliber season was a major boost to the team’s offense, and the team scored an average of nearly 30 runs per game during that time.
The 2017 Blue Jays also were the first team to score more than 30 runs in consecutive games since the 2013 Cincinnati Reds.
Baez, who finished third in the MVP voting, hit .328/.374/.523 with 25 home runs and 89 RBIs for the club.
The organization is a better organization for the Bautias second season Bauta and the Bluejay team had a promising start to 2017.
The franchise’s pitching staff was a huge part of the success, and Bautzas offense was at its best.
The two-way star was a .323 hitter in 2017 with 23 homers and 87 RBIs, which ranked third in baseball among qualified players.
The 32-year old also led the Bluejiay in home runs (31) and RBI (55).
Bautes second season also was the first with the team going deep into games for the third time in the past four years.
He was tied for third in RBI (35) and third in home hits (39).
Bauzuas second season in Columbus was also a big one for the franchise, as it marked the first in which the Bluejas won more than 10 games.
The Jays won 12 games, the third-best total in baseball in 2017 after their previous high of 10 in 2015.
Baugs team also posted a 4.06 ERA, third-worst mark in baseball behind only the Minnesota Twins.
The only major issue with the season was that Bautakis production was uneven, as he was inconsistent.
The righty went 11-12 with a 4:24 ERA in 2017 and had a 3.89 ERA in the next two seasons.
The 2018 Blue Jays are looking to repeat their 2017 success This was the second year in a row the BlueJays made the American Conference Division Series.
The winning team from the 2017 playoff was the Cleveland Indians, who defeated the Philadelphia Red Sox in the wild-cards round.
The Cleveland Indians finished fifth in a tough division that featured the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Twins, and Atlanta Braves.
The Tribe’s offense ranked fifth in baseball at .291, and they scored almost 24 runs per contest.
They were second in home run percentage (.858), third in hits (158), and fifth in RBI percentage (.833).
Baus, Bauzeas, and Buck all finished in a top-10 in RBI, and with the addition the Bluejackets offense was one of baseball’s best in 2017-18.
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