How Bad Are Toronto Blue Jays’ Early Season Struggles?
The Blue Jays’ Woes Continue
There were high hopes for the Toronto Blue Jays before the season began, coming in as 4th favorites to win the World Series, but as we’re now 15 games into the season, what does Canada’s baseball team have to show for it? Only 3 wins 12 losses, good for the worst start to the season in franchise history. With losses to the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays, they sit firmly in last place of the AL East, 7.5 games back.
In our season preview for the Jays, we told you to expect a disappointing season due to an underachieving offense, and that seems to be the way things are going right now.
Coming into Thursday, they are only averaging 3.1 runs per game, good for 2nd worst in the league ahead of the lowly Royals, but even they have a better record. Yeah, their pitching isn’t bad at all, and they’ve lost a handful of games by 1 or 2 runs, but when the offense is non-existant, it causes frustration. Yeah, their pitching isn’t bad at all, and they’ve lost a handful of games by 1 or 2 runs, but when the offense is non-existant, it causes frustration.
It’s looking more and more like Edwin Encarnacion was a most valuable asset because, without that power, Jose Bautista and Kendrys Morales should be leading, but are not. Bautista has yet to hit a home run this year and has struck out 23 times in 55 at bats. Add that to the fact that Josh Donaldson is on the DL, and you go into every game needing near perfect pitching to have a chance to win. The only hitter that is consistent is Kevin Pillar, with a .361 OBP and .339 BA.
What’s Next For The Blue Jays?
The Jays had an abysmal home stand, winning just 2 out of 9 games, and now go back on the road again. Unless something changes, it’ll be a long season for the Blue Birds, but if their one strength (pitching) holds out long enough, the bats will inevitably start to heat up and these close losses will turn into close wins. This team doesn’t get blown out, and their pitching has been consistent, so if they just keep on doing what they’re doing, the bounces will surely start to go in their favor.
Look for them to go on a run soon, and settle as a mid-table team. If you like the Under in their games, ride it until their bats get going… What do you think about the Blue Jays’ disappointing start to the season? Let us know in the comments below!
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