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 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) throws his bat as he swings during the sixth inning 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 third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) throws his bat as he swings during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

2017? It’s only 1-5 so far guys… 

Hopefully taking a look at some of the other slow starts has alleviated any unnecessary stress. After all, the boys in blue haven’t even played 10 games yet. They had losing records in 2015 and 2016, and managed to make the playoffs in both years.

As we’ve discussed here at Jays Journal last week, there have been plenty of good things going on so far, including a mostly strong performance from the rotation, and some solid bullpen performances as well. Donaldson seems to have avoided major injury (we hope), and Devon Travis managed to open the season on the active roster. Bautista is moving well in the outfield and even Justin Smoak has swung the bat reasonably well in the first half dozen games.

The Blue Jays do need to start hitting with runners in scoring position, as they’ve missed several opportunities to turn a loss into a win in the season’s first week. In general they’ll need to improve, but that area has been a particular cause of frustration for the club and fans alike.

With 19 games remaining in the month, and 156 for the season, there’s no reason to panic, at least not yet.

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