Blue Jays: Good years with bad Aprils

Sep 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis (29) is greeted by designated hitter Jose Bautista (19) after scoring against Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis (29) is greeted by designated hitter Jose Bautista (19) after scoring against Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 3, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons looks on during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons looks on during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /

After a 1-5 start in their first 6 games, panic has set in for several Blue Jays fans on social media. While a slow start isn’t a good thing, there have been a few years when the Jays haven’t fared so well in April, only to finish the season strong.

The Blue Jays are set for their long-awaited home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight, and a home game couldn’t come soon enough for the struggling club. The Blue Jay opened the season with a quick two game set in Baltimore, before going to Tampa Bay for 4 games. All told, they finished the road trip with a 1-5 record, winning just one game against the Rays so far.

While it’s a long season, there are some early reasons from concern from the Blue Jays. There are some early injury concerns, such as Josh Donaldson‘s balky calf, J.P. Howell landing on the DL with a shoulder issue, and Roberto Osuna, who has yet to appear in a game after beginning the season on the disabled list as well.

The club will look to turn things around now that they’re returning to the Rogers Centre, and will need to win a few games in order to calm the nerves of anxious fans around the country.

All that said, it’s important or people to remember that the 2015 team started 11-12 in April, before a 21-6 July and an appearance in the ALCS, so the season isn’t lost in the first week. In 2016, the club started 11-14, also floundering a bit out the gate.

Is it the Blue Jay way to struggle in the season’s first month, only to turn things around? Maybe a little bit, based on looking at the history of the club. Nothing like making things difficult on yourself, but it appears some of the best teams in the history of the franchise have done just that.

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