The Blue Jays have started off well at 17-13, but it’s not hard to see that there’s more potential in this roster.
Don’t take that comment as a complaint from yours truly, because all things considered I’m pretty happy with how things have started for the 2022 Blue Jays. I’ll readily acknowledge that their record could be even better after the first 30 games, and there have certainly been times that I’ve felt a lot of frustration. Overall though, this is a team that’s overcome a fair bit to still be four games on the right side of .500, and it feels like up is the only way to go from. That’s not true of course, but that’s just how talented this roster is.
By no means am I looking to make excuses for the Blue Jays, but I think it’s fair to point out some of the cards they’ve had played against them to begin the year. They had 30 games in 31 days that didn’t allow for much rest at all, and it came against some pretty stiff competition. They also missed the contributions of some key players like Teoscar Hernandez (who has now returned), Danny Jansen, Hyun Jin Ryu, Cavan Biggio, and more. Every team deals with injuries to one degree or another, but the Jays have been a bit short-handed.
As I said though, the encouraging news is that they still managed to go 17-13 over their first 30 games, and that includes dropping their last two against Cleveland. I’m optimistic that things are only going to get better over the next few weeks, and I’d like to tell you all about why I believe that will happen.