5 Ridiculous Overreactions to the Toronto Blue Jays’ Early Action

5 Overreactions That The Toronto Blue Jays Don't Deserve

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Heading into the 2014 regular season we knew that the Toronto Blue Jays were going to be under the microscope due to their lackluster effort in 2013. Although the Jays are playing .500 baseball just over a week into the season, the patience of the fans has begun to wear thin. Slow starts have been had and unfortunate injuries have occurred, but some criticisms have been way over the top. Here are 5 overreactions at the start of the Jays' season.

5. Season Opening Series Split With The Tampa Bay Rays

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5. Season Opening Series Split With The Tampa Bay Rays

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The season opening series split with the Tampa Bay Rays may very well have been the best case scenario for the Jays. They haven't had a series win at Tropicana Field since April 6-8, 2007. Since then the Jays have gone 0-19-2 in series at 'The Trop'. Nobody should have expected them to come flying out of the gate down in Tampa.

4. Colby Rasmus' Slow Start At The Plate

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4. Colby Rasmus' Slow Start At The Plate

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Although Colby Rasmus holds an average of .074 through 27 at bats heading into Wednesday night, believe it or not the center fielder doesn't deserve the heat he's gotten this early in the season. Rasmus isn't necessarily known for getting off to hot starts right away. Instead, he seems to prefer finishing strong down the stretch. He was arguably the Jays' top offensive player towards the end of last season. Colby will be back.

3. Brett Lawrie's Lack Of Production

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3. Brett Lawrie's Lack Of Production

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What Brett Lawrie lacks when up at the plate, he makes up for by providing ridiculous defense behind all of his starting pitchers. If it wasn't for the solid D provided by the Jays' lineup this season, the starting pitching would have already gone from bad to worse. Lawrie should be applauded for the acrobatics he puts on display while manning the hot corner.

2. Edwin Encarnacion's Rough Go Inside the Batter's Box

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2. Edwin Encarnacion's Rough Go Inside the Batter's Box

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Edwin Encarnacion is the subject of much ridicule for the fact that he has yet to record a single home run or RBI on the very young season. As soon as Encarnacion catches one in his wheelhouse and gives it a ride, all will be forgotten in regards to his slow start to the season. After hitting 78 home runs over the past two seasons, Edwin will no doubt find his groove and contribute to what Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera have been able to do.

1. Sergio Santos Being Named The Jays' Closer

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1. Sergio Santos Being Named The Jays' Closer

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Sergio Santos got a lot of negative attention when Jays' closer Casey Janssen started the season on the 15-day disabled list. Nobody had faith in Santos, a pitcher who has been injury-riddled and who has underachieved for the Jays since the team acquired him back in 2012. In 2014, It's been so far so good for Santos as he has already saved three games and struck out a total of eight batters in just 3.1 innings pitched.

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