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The Blue Jays find themselves in a surprisingly familiar position

May 19th, 2017 at 2:15 PM
By Sports Media 101

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

We’re now 42 games into the 2017 season – Just passing the first quarter post, and it’s been a very rough ride for the Blue Jays. So far they’ve had to deal with a deluge of injuries and roster shuffling, and it feels like they’re teetering on the edge of falling out of the race. However, after everything that’s happened, they’re no worse off than the last two Toronto teams. It may not feel that way, but look at the numbers:

Record through 42 games:

2015 Blue Jays: 18-24 (finished with 93 wins)

2016 Blue Jays: 19-23 (finished with 89 wins)

2017 Blue Jays: 18-24

For whatever reason, these Blue Jays tend to start off slow. But as both 2015 and 2016 showed us, you can make a deep playoff run from this position. Much like the weather after a cool April, there’s still plenty of time to get hot.

(In addition to the last two Blue Jay teams, the 1989 team started off 17-25 in their first 42 games and went to the ALCS.) Here’s all these teams in visual form brought to you by the great folks at Pennantrace.com

In other words, the 2017 Jays are in good …

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