Toronto held steady in 1984, duplicating their record from ’83 while improving a roster that would go on to win the American League East the following season.
Ultimately it would turn out to be the Jays’ glory years as they would go on to win the division 5 of the next 9 seasons as well as picking up a pair of World Series wins.
While this ’84 team wasn’t exactly world-beaters, they were above average in both offense and pitching. Had they played in a division that didn’t include the Detroit Tigers, who knows what may have happened.
Dave Stieb (16-8, 2.83) and Doyle Alexander (17-6, 3.13) are about as solid a 1-2 at the top of a rotation as you’ll find in the league, but the team’s bullpen did them in with only Roy Lee Jackson (3.56) finishing with an ERA below 4.
At the plate, the team led the league in doubles, triples, and stolen bases.
Leading the team in that last category was left fielder Dave Collins (60 SB), second baseman Damaso Garcia (46) and center fielder Lloyd Moseby (39). Three others finished with double digit totals in that category.
If the team can lean heavily on Stieb and Alexander, they might make some noise.