CLEVELAND -- Blue Jays Opening Day starter Ricky Romero isn't shy about his expectations for his team.
"I'm not trying to make it seem like we're on top of the world, because we're not," Romero said on Wednesday, the eve of his club's season opener in Cleveland at 3:05 p.m. ET. "We still have a lot of work to do, and we understand that. [But] this team is building that swagger that, in the past, we really didn't have. That's what you play for. You play to win."
Toronto captured baseball's best Spring Training record on the heels of an 81-81 season in 2011. Romero doesn't think that improvement is a coincidence, even if it occurred in exhibition games. The southpaw said anything less than a trip to the postseason would be a disappointment.
"If we don't win," Romero said, "we're going to be sitting in October, scratching our heads, wondering what happened."
Confidence is one thing. Production is another.
"Our win-loss record is not going to hinge on the confidence that we have," manager John Farrell said. "It's going to hinge on the talent and the capabilities of the players. I like our team. I like our roster. I think we're capable of doing a number of things."