The 2017 season is two weeks into the books and the Toronto Blue Jays are already having a forgettable season. The Blue Jays currently reside with a 2-11 record, last place in the AL East, and have the worst record in baseball. So why so much trouble in the six?
It doesn’t help that the Blue Jays had a bad offseason. Losing two of your best hitters, one who is the RBI king, doesn’t help your chances to contend again in 2017. Edwin Encarnacion signed with the Indians and Michael Saunders signed with the Phillies.
The Injury Plague
Oh how it is hitting Toronto’s superstars. On April 14, they placed 2015 MVP Josh Donaldson on the 10-day disabled list with a calf injury. He is expected to miss two-four weeks. The same day they placed 20 game-winner from a year ago, J.A. Happ on the 10-day disable list with an elbow injury. Wait, it gets worse, it was announced a couple days ago that Aaron Sanchez is going to the 10-day disabled list with a blister. If I were a Toronto player, I would be careful or the injury bug might get you next.
Toronto’s offense has been nothing short of abysmal thus far. They rank dead last in batting average and are near the bottom of every hitting category. Their superstars are not showing up. Jose Bautista looks non-existent right now. He currently has 0 home runs, has 1 RBI, a batting average of .136, and has struck out 15 times in his 2017 campaign. Troy Tulowitzki has been the Toronto offense so far, he is batting .250, has 1 home run, 10 RBI’s (which ranks 7th currently), and has an OPS of .686. If Tulo is going to be the entire offense this year, it is going to be a long season. Once Donaldson is back, he needs to step it up a notch, as well as Bautista.
Right now they have a team ERA of 4.49. It doesn’t help your cause when two of your starting pitchers are out with injuries. Liriano is 0-1, he has only given up 7 runs, he has an ERA of 9.00. His K/9 is 14.14 ERA, so that’s a good for him, but that doesn’t mean anything when you don’t have offense to help you out. Marcus Stroman had a dominating performance in the World Baseball Classic, and he shows no sign of slowing down. He is currently 1-1 and has an ERA of 1.76, his WHIP is just over 1, and his K/9 is at 5.28. The bullpen right now looks like nothing to panic about. New addition J.P Howell is having a forgettable year so far, he has an ERA of 54.00, that will soon fall significantly the more he pitches. The Blue Jays are not known for their pitching and everyone knows that. They made the ALCS last season without David Price. Their power hitters and stacked offense carried them the entire season.
Is It Time To Panic In Toronto?
No, you are 12 games into the season. Toronto has 150 games left. If you’re a Toronto fan, I’m going to give you the Aaron Rodgers treatment: R-E-L-A-X. When everyone is back, the Blue Jays will be slugging like they have been year after year and will continue to compete in a very competitive AL East. Kendrys Morales will be the deciding factor for Toronto in my opinion. He was signed when Encarnacion went to Cleveland. Morales won’t lead the league in RBIs, but he did hit 30 home runs and drove in 93 RBI’s a year ago with Kansas City. The Rogers Centre is a hitter’s ballpark and Morales will fit in well with Toronto. The Blue Jays will be fine. Don’t quit on them now Toronto fans, there is a lot of baseball left. Enjoy the ride.