Summer to Forget

By Chris Gallagher (@chrisgallagherc)  Comments
Updated: June 28, 2017

Two months into the 2017 MLB season and the Toronto Blue Jays sit three games below five hundred and five and a half games behind the American League East leading New York Yankees.

The once dominant and widely considered best starting rotation in the MLB looks far from being able to replicate that success and the once feared Blue Jays offence has now become one of the worst offences in the majors in many statistical categories and lacks the same fire power that made opposing pitchers shake in there boots.

The Jays bullpen continues to be one of the worst in the league and has shown little signs of getting better and building around one of the best young closers in baseball Roberto Osuna.

The team has been hit hard by the injuries this season and many regulars have had to spend extended periods of time on the disabled list like Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki. The jays continue to be one of the oldest teams in baseball and only relying on hitting home runs for offence instead of using speed and playing team baseball to score runs.

This has led to many blue jays players numbers to be way down this season. Right fielder Jose Bautista one of the most counted on guys in the jays lineup is hitting 237 for the season and has seen his strikeout numbers increase this season. Catcher Russell Martin who is widely considered to be one of the best offensive catchers in the game is hitting below 220 this season and has looked beaten up and broken down this season. This team looks far from the two previous Blue Jays teams who went to back to back American League Championship Series.

Jun 6, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) is relived in the sixth inning of their MLB baseball game with the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

The jays continue to lack a prototypical lead off man and still need an 8th inning reliever who can be used in high leverage situations. Left field continues to be a position of need with off season acquisition Steve Pearce looking far from the every day starter in left field. Second base looked to be a real position of strength at the start of the season but another trip to the disabled list by current starter Devon Travis has left a real cloud over the position.

With no clear favorite in the American League East and every team in the division experiencing their own struggles, the division is still open for the jays to take but they will need to get consistent starting pitching and more consistent offence in order to string a few wins together and climb out of the basement in the AL East.

 

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