2014 Toronto Blue Jays season

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2014 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Rogers, CEO Paul Beeston, General Manager Alex Anthopoulos
Manager(s) John Gibbons
Local television Sportsnet
Sportsnet One
(Buck Martinez, Pat Tabler, Joe Siddall)
Local radio Blue Jays Radio Network
Sportsnet 590 the FAN
(Jerry Howarth, Joe Siddall, Mike Wilner, Duane Ward)
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The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays season is the 38th season of interleague play for the franchise, and the 25th full season of play (26th overall) at Rogers Centre. The team hopes to improve on their last place finish in 2013.[1] Pitcher Roy Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays before retiring from baseball, citing injuries.[2]

The Blue Jays announced their 2014 schedule on September 10, 2013.[3]

Standings[edit]

American League East[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 93 62 0.600 50–31 43–31
New York Yankees 80 75 0.516 13 41–36 39–39
Toronto Blue Jays 78 77 0.503 15 41–33 37–44
Tampa Bay Rays 75 81 0.481 18½ 36–45 39–36
Boston Red Sox 68 88 0.436 25½ 31–44 37–44


American League Wild Card[edit]

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 96 60 0.615
Baltimore Orioles 93 62 0.600
Detroit Tigers 86 69 0.555


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 85 70 0.548
Kansas City Royals 84 70 0.545
Seattle Mariners 83 72 0.535
Cleveland Indians 81 74 0.523
New York Yankees 80 75 0.516
Toronto Blue Jays 78 77 0.503
Tampa Bay Rays 75 81 0.481 10
Chicago White Sox 71 84 0.458 13½
Houston Astros 69 87 0.442 16
Boston Red Sox 68 88 0.436 17
Minnesota Twins 66 89 0.426 18½
Texas Rangers 62 93 0.400 22½


Records vs opponents[edit]

Record Games Left
Opponent Home Road Total Home Road Total
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 2–4 4–6 6–10 3 3
Boston Red Sox 5–5 7–2 12–7
New York Yankees 5–4 3–7 8–11
Tampa Bay Rays 5–4 6–4 11–8
Totals 17–17 20–19 37–36 3 3
AL Central
Chicago White Sox 1–3 1–2 2–5
Cleveland Indians 2–1 2–1 4–2
Detroit Tigers 2–1 3–0 5–1
Kansas City Royals 2–2 1–2 3–4
Minnesota Twins 1–2 1–2 2–4
Totals 8–9 8–7 16–16
AL West
Houston Astros 2–1 1–3 3–4
Los Angeles Angels 1–3 1–2 2–5
Oakland Athletics 3–0 0–4 3–4
Seattle Mariners 0–3 0–3 4 4
Texas Rangers 2–1 2–1 4–2
Totals 8–5 4–13 12–18 4 4
National League
Chicago Cubs 3–0 3–0
Cincinnati Reds 1–2 1–2
Milwaukee Brewers 2–0 1–1 3–1
Philadelphia Phillies 2–0 2–0 4–0
Pittsburgh Pirates 1–2 1–2
St. Louis Cardinals 1–2 1–2
Totals 8–2 5–5 13–7
Grand Totals 41–33 37–44 78–77 7 7
Month Games Won Lost Pct.
March 1 0 1 .000
April 26 12 14 .462
May 30 21 9 .700
June 27 12 15 .444
July 26 15 11 .577
August 26 9 17 .346
September 19 9 10 .474
Totals 155 78 77 .503
2014 AL Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 11–7 5–1 3–4 1–5 4–3 3–4 4–2 4–3 11–4 2–4 5–2 12–7 6–1 10–6 12–8
Boston 7–11 4–3 2–5 1–5 4–3 6–1 2–5 4–2 6–10 3–4 1–5 7–9 4–2 7–12 9–11
Chicago 1–5 3–4 9–10 8–8 3–3 5–10 1–5 9–10 2–5 4–3 3–4 4–1 2–4 5–2 11–9
Cleveland 4–3 5–2 10–9 8–11 5–2 8–7 2–5 11–8 4–3 2–4 2–4 2–1 6–1 2–4 10–10
Detroit 5–1 5–1 8–8 11–8 4–3 12–5 3–4 7–8 3–4 5–2 2–4 3–4 4–3 1–5 12–8
Houston 3–4 3–4 3–3 2–5 3–4 3–3 7–12 3–3 4–2 8–11 7–10 2–5 11–5 4–3 4–13
Kansas City 4–3 1–6 10–5 7–8 5–12 3–3 3–3 11–8 4–3 5–2 2–5 4–2 5–1 4–3 15–5
Los Angeles 2–4 5–2 5–1 5–2 4–3 12–7 3–3 7–0 2–4 8–8 7–9 5–2 13–4 5–2 12–8
Minnesota 3–4 2–4 10–9 8–11 8–7 3–3 8–11 0–7 3–4 1–6 5–2 2–4 2–5 4–2 7–10
New York 4–11 10–6 5–2 3–4 4–3 2–4 3–4 4–2 4–3 2–4 3–3 8–11 4–3 11–8 13–7
Oakland 4–2 4–3 3–4 4–2 2–5 11–8 2–5 8–8 6–1 4–2 9–10 4–2 7–8 4–3 12–6
Seattle 2–5 5–1 4–3 4–2 4–2 10–8 5–2 9–7 2–5 3–3 10–9 4–3 9–10 3–0 9–11
Tampa Bay 7–12 9–7 1–4 1–2 4–3 5–2 2–4 2–5 4–2 11–8 2–4 3–4 5–2 8–11 10–10
Texas 1–6 2–4 4–2 1–6 3–4 5–11 1–5 4–13 5–2 3–4 8–7 10–9 2–5 2–4 10–10
Toronto 6–10 12–7 2–5 4–2 5–1 3–4 3–4 2–5 2–4 8–11 3–4 0–3 11–8 4–2 13–7


2014 Draft[edit]

The 2014 Major League Baseball Draft was held on June 5–7.

Round Pick Player Position College/School Nationality Signed
1 9 Jeff Hoffman RHP East Carolina University (NC) United States July 2, 2014[4]
1 11* Max Pentecost C Kennesaw State University (GA) United States July 2, 2014[4]
2 49 Sean Reid-Foley RHP Sandalwood High School (FL) United States June 10, 2014[5]
3 83 Nick Wells LHP Battlefield High School (VA) United States June 18, 2014[6]
4 114 Matt Morgan C Thorsby High School (AL) United States June 8, 2014[7]
5 144 Lane Thomas RF Bearden High School (TN) United States June 10, 2014[8]
6 174 Grayson Huffman LHP Grayson County College (TX) United States June 18, 2014[6]
7 204 Zack Zehner LF California Polytechnic State University (CA) United States Unsigned
8 234 Justin Shafer RHP University of Florida (FL) United States June 8, 2014[7]
9 264 Ryan Metzler 2B University of South Carolina Aiken (SC) United States June 12, 2014[9]
10 294 Jordan Romano RHP Oral Roberts University (OK) Canada June 12, 2014[9]
  • – Toronto received the 11th overall pick in the 2014 draft as compensation for not signing Phillip Bickford in 2013.

Regular Season[edit]

Summary[edit]

The Blue Jays started the year, like most years in the past 10, in mediocre fashion, ending the month of April with a record of 12 wins and 15 losses, 3 12 games behind the Eastern division leaders. The month of May was a different story; they won 21 games and lost 9, taking over sole possession of the division lead on May 22. The month was memorable for a 9-game winning streak which included series sweeps over the Boston Red Sox (away), the Oakland A's (at home) and the Tampa Bay Rays (at home). Edwin Encarnacion hit 16 home runs during the month, tying an American League record for homers in May, set by Mickey Mantle in 1956. Between May 15 and June 6, the Blue Jays won 18 out of 21 to climb into their largest division lead, at any point of the season, since 1993. However, from June 7 to June 30 the Jays won only 7 more games versus 15 losses. As of June 30, they were just 6 games above .500, but still held onto a 1 12 game lead in their division.

The Blue Jays had three All Stars in 2014: José Bautista, Mark Buehrle, and Edwin Encarnación.

On July 26, the Blue Jays ended a streak of 17 consecutive losses in games against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.[10] On August 10, the Blue Jays played the longest game in franchise history in terms of both time and innings, defeating the Detroit Tigers 6–5 after 19 innings. After a poor August, Toronto opened September with its' first series win in Tampa Bay since April 6–8, 2007.[11] They would go on to complete the sweep, their first at Tropicana Field.[12] Top prospect Daniel Norris made his MLB debut on September 5, striking out David Ortiz in his 13 of an inning.

Legend
Blue Jays Win Blue Jays Loss Game Postponed
2014 Game Log

Roster[edit]

Toronto Blue Jays roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Pitchers

Catchers


Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list


33 active, 7 inactive

Injury icon 2.svg 7- or 15-day disabled list
Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster updated September 5, 2014
TransactionsDepth chart
All MLB rosters

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hope for the 2014 Blue Jays". Blue Jays Plus. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ Cliff Corcoran (December 9, 2013). "Roy Halladay retires as a Blue Jay after injuries cut short Hall of Fame career". The Strike Zone - Major League Baseball. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Blue Jays announce 2014 schedule". Toronto Blue Jays. September 10, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Ross, Jaime (July 2, 2014). "Blue Jays sign first rounders Hoffman, Pentecost". MLB.com. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (June 10, 2014). "Blue Jays sign second-rounder Reid-Foley". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Blue Jays sign 2014 draft picks Wells, Huffman". Sportsnet. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Ross, Jaime (June 8, 2014). "Blue Jays sign first pair of 2014 draftees". MLB.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (June 10, 2014). "Blue Jays sign fifth round selection Thomas". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Blue Jays transactions". MLB.com. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ Chisholm, Gregor. "Blue Jays halt 17-game Yankee Stadium losing streak". Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Stroman, Jays grab rare series win in Tampa". Sportsnet. September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Rasmus' HR helps Jays sweep Rays in Tampa". Sportsnet. September 4, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 

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