When the Blue Jays began the season with a disappointing 1-5 road trip to Baltimore and Tampa, the first home stand of the year took on additional importance. That importance only intensified when they dropped a pair of close games in a short series against a flawed Milwaukee team and fell to 1-7. At that moment, the Jays found themselves at a surprisingly significant early season crossroads with seven consecutive face offs against the Orioles and Red Sox upcoming. It was an unusual sink or swim moment you don’t usually see in April.
Unfortunately, the Jays not only sank like another object from mid April lure, but lost more key players to the disabled list (three: Donaldson, Sanchez, and Happ) over that stretch than they won games (two). They now have the worst record in all of baseball at 3-12, and already find themselves seven games out in the AL East (and it’s really even worse than that because they’re at least 6.5 games behind three different teams).
April baseball is supposed to be fun for all teams; a time when anything is possible before the summer heat and the marathon of the season overwhelms the early quirkiness and melts away the dreams of the undermanned clubs. Jays fans however haven’t gotten to experience any of that yet this year, and if the team doesn’t pull this plane out a nosedive soon, they might not get to experience it at all.
With the 4-1 loss to Boston Thursday afternoon, the Jays dropped their fifth consecutive series to open the season – Something they’ve never done in franchise history – and in the process, set themselves up for more trouble in the games ahead. When the club had to put Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ on the DL this week, they knew they were going to have to expose the soft underbelly of their Triple-A pitching staff to opponents for a couple of games at some point, but with the off day on Monday, they had a choice as to when that was going to happen.
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