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Reasons to be optimistic about the Blue Jays right now

Henry Wright
Apr 30, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) reacts to a call during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) reacts to a call during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 1, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (11) celebrates with Toronto Blue Jays center fielder George Springer (4) after hitting a two run home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /

The Blue Jays may be in the midst of a slump right now, but the season is still young and there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

I won’t sugarcoat it, the Blue Jays have been bad lately, but thankfully they pulled out a win last night again the Rays. Every part of the team from their offence, to their rotation, to their bullpen have all struggled. Obviously, every game counts and you never want to get too far behind in the playoff race, but the reality of the situation is that we’re only about a fifth of the way through the season and the team is still in a playoff spot.

Their struggles with things such as scoring runs or going deep into games have been well documented, but it’s still only mid-May, and focusing on all the negatives is counterproductive at this point. Despite this, I’ve been seeing tons of people online overreacting to these struggles. I understand where this is coming from, I also hate seeing the team lose, but again, it’s still early and there’s no reason to panic.

It would be ignorant to say that there’s no reason to be critical, but there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about this team. There have been players that are hitting well, fielding well, and pitching well, so the idea that this season has been a huge failure so far simply isn’t true. Again, I understand where the criticisms of the team come from, and I agree with many of them, but it’s a young season, and it’s far more fun to focus on the positives.

Quick note: the Blue Jays defence has been phenomenal so far this season, but plenty of other people have already covered that, so I won’t be focusing on that here.

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