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 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay throws out the first pitch in a game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay throws out the first pitch in a game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /

2009- Missed the playoffs after starting 15-9 in April

I’ve been pointing out season’s that the Blue Jays started slow and overcame a poor April, but the same principle would apply in reverse as well. Take the 2009 season as a prime example for the Blue Jays.

The 2009 edition of the Blue Jays had the likes of Roy Halladay, Aaron Hill, Adam Lind, and a newer edition who was starting to impress a bit by the name of Jose Bautista. Both Hill and Lind were in the midst of their most productive years as Blue Jays, and the club stormed out of the gate in April, looking like they might challenge for a playoff spot for the first time since that 1993 championship.

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, as they fell to 14-15 in May, before the wheels really came off during the summer, going a combined 18-32 in July and August. On the season, the club would finish with a record of 75-87, finishing 4th in the AL East.

It would be Halladay’s final season in Toronto, as the ace pitcher grew tired of missing out on the postseason, and requested a trade, which the Blue Jays accommodated for their long time star pitcher.

While it wasn’t easy to cheer for the Phillies in the following years, it was equally disappointing that Halladay never did get a ring, despite his own clutch playoff performances.

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