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The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a horrific start as 23 games into the season they have 6 wins and 17 losses. Even though it’s early and there is still a lot of baseball to be played but the Blue Jays have not made it easy on themselves. Entering play today they sit 9 games out of first place in their division. This slow start is result of injuries and some players not playing up to their potential. The Blue Jays have been hit hard by injuries as some players injured include superstar Josh Donaldson, key starter J.A. Happ, and Troy Tulowiski. Injuries are not the only thing holding this team back as slow starts from key players such as Jose Bautista, Devon Travis and Russell Martin have hindered the Blue Jays offense. These early season struggles have already caused speculation that the Blue Jays may begin a rebuild if things don’t start to turn around.
The Jays also do not play in the easiest division as the Red Sox and Orioles are off to good starts while the Yankees new young core is making their mark and the Rays have been hovering around .500 in the early part of the season. With so much baseball left to be played it is to early to count this team out. They still have a very good rotation as both Marco Estrada and Marcus Stroman have sub .300 Earned Run Averages. Fellow starter Francisco Liriano also looks like he’s starting to get back on track as he’s struck out 17 batters over his last 17 innings. They could very well go on a run when their struggling stars play to their potential and they get their injured players back. Since baseball added a second wild card team every team has a better chance at making the playoffs. The Blue Jays however must right the ship and make sure they don’t fall to far behind. This means everyone must contribute and the bullpen must stop blowing late leads. The Blue Jays were a team that many picked to be in the playoff race even with the loss of their slugger Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays still have a chance but improvement must be made soon before it’s too late.
Written By: Jamie Gatlin