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5 Positives To the Toronto Blue Jays’ Dreadful Start

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Positives To Toronto Blue Jays' Dreadful Start

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The Toronto Blue Jays have received a ton of negative attention with their uninspired start to the 2013 season. The Jays are 8-11 treading water in the basement of the American League East. As a team they have failed to capitalize with runners in scoring, played suspect defense and their starting pitchers have been inconsistent at best.

Fans have been flooding social media sites and radio stations nationwide jumping off the proverbial band wagon, ready to sell in the season. However, when you take a step back and look at their start objectively there are some positives to build on. Even as bad as they have played they are luckily only three games out of first place, a spot currently held by the Boston Red Sox with upcoming back-to-back series with division rivals.

The Jays are definitely nowhere near out of the race, but I will agree with the fear mongers that they need to get it together and find their niche as a team sooner than later even without the injured Jose Reyes because as we all know it could be tough to play catch-up during the dog days of the summer in the American League East.

So be optimistic, see your $10 ballpark beer half full and enjoy this slideshow of five players who have done positive things on the diamond to start the 2013 season.

Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner, Facebook, and Google Plus.

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Munenori Kawasaki

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Kawasaki has been the surprise of the season called into duty after the Jose Reyes injury. Kawasaki will never fill the shoes of Reyes, but he has quickly become a fan favorite. The shortstop is working pitchers, getting on base and playing solid defense in his short tenure with the Jays.

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J.P. Arencibia

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Arencibia has wielded the big stick to date for the Jays smashing an American League leading seven home runs. The backstop has been on a power surge on pace for a career year.

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Casey Janssen

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Janssen has continued to dominate in his role as closer beginning the season converting five saves in five chances. Janssen continues to get batters out with ease posting a 1.29 era and fanning nine batters in seven innings pitched.

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Brett Cecil

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Cecil has regained his velocity and his career being a valuable asset out of the bullpen. The rejuvenated Cecil is 1-0 with an era of 1.80 already making nine appearances out of the pen for the Jays. Cecil looks to have found his 2010 form where he won 15 games.

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Brett Lawrie

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Lawrie is finally completely healthy and back up to his old antics playing Gold Glove defense at the hot corner. Lawrie has solidified the infield since his return and is beginning to contribute with clutch hitting. His energy is contagious and just what the Jays need to bounce them out of their funk.