Blue Jays American League East Recap: Stumbling out of the Gate

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Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 8, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell (53) sits in dugout prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell (53) sits in dugout prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Bored in Boston
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The heir apparent to the American League East failed to dazzle in the first week of play. The Red Sox find themselves sandwiched in the middle of the division. Their young stars are quite capable of leading their offense to victory, but their heralded rotation was definitely lacking a punch. Chris Sale looked like his dominant self, but both Rick Porcello and Steven Wright looked like the players of yesteryear and not the dominant arms they were last year. With David Price out, for the time being, the back end of their rotation will need to step up to bring the Red Sox the crown placed on them this offseason.

The Red Sox have the young talent to push Boston into the top of the league, but the loss of David Ortiz has made a definite impact on the potency of their offense. The Red Sox will need their rotation to take the reigns and lead the team to success.

Final Takeaway:

The Red Sox failed to make much of an impact, positive or negative the first week in the season. But after a week of play, the teams greatest strength looked like a weakness.

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