The Toronto Blue Jays have stumbled out of the gate to begin the 2013 baseball season, much to the surprise of the baseball world. The Jays mortgaged the future in hopes of competing in the American League East and asserting themselves as a powerhouse franchise once again.
Well, things have not exactly gone as planned, and there isn’t really one facet of their game to blame. Their pitching, hitting and defense have all been suspect at times, and here are the numbers to prove why the Jays are 2-5 and sit in the basement in the east.
The Jays have essentially had two decent starts from their starters, and one of those was from the fifth man in the rotation J.A. Happ. The team owns a combined earned run average of 5.06 with a team whip of 1.609, the worst blemish coming from a 13-0 loss at the hands of the Boston Red Sox in front of the home-town crowd.
The offense has struggled owning a team batting average of .224 and striking out 63 times in seven games good for fourth in the league. They have failed to get the big hit when needed faltering to the tune of a .135 team batting average with five hits with runners in scoring position.
The defense has looked anything but major league caliber, making seven errors in the first seven games. That statistic is slightly skewed as second baseman Emilio Bonifacio made three errors in one game.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista missed three contests with a sore ankle and third baseman Brett Lawrie has yet to suit up this season, but regardless of that, the Blue Jays have underachieved and have been outscored 41-25 in the first seven games.
There is still plenty of time to right the ship but they had better do it soon. For the record, the Miami Marlins started the 2012 season with a 2-5 record after an offseason full of promise also.