What a difference a year makes.
With Opening Day less than a week away, the excitement surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays is much different than it was a year ago.
Going into last season, many believed this team could win the World Series, or at the very least, make the playoffs for the first time in 20 years.
This, of course, never came to fruition and the Jays have gone from pre-season favourites to almost an afterthought in the baseball world.
Their window to win with this group of players might only have a season or two left, so the time to be successful is now.
Having said that, what are your expectations for the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays?
The Jays Opening Day roster won't look drastically different from 2013. Aside from losing the much-maligned J.P. Arencibia (replacing him with Dioner Navarro) to the Texas Rangers and Josh Johnson to the San Diego Padres, the Jays have pretty much stood pat. Will another year of the same crew result in a similar outcome, or, with a season together already under their belts, is it possible Toronto can find their grove and be a competitive ball club?
The pitching rotation has been a major question mark this spring with R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, and the oft-injured Brandon Morrow returning to this year's staff. Youngster Drew Hutchison, 23, who missed last season due to Tommy John surgery and long-time Blue Jay Dustin McGowan round out the rotation. Will the Jays go as far as their starters take them? How much faith do you have in this group to stay healthy and produce wins?
It looks as though the AL East is as strong as it's ever been with the Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox and Rays making improvements to their ball clubs over the off-season. Are the Jays good enough to compete in the toughest division in baseball?
There is the opinion that the expectations – and pressure – were so high for the team in 2013, that they were set up to fail. With the team not having the weight of the world on their shoulders this time around, it's possible the team could pull a 180 and play like they were supposed to last year.
So, what are you expecting from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014?
As always, it's Your! Call.