5 Things We’ve Learned From The Toronto Blue Jays’ First 40 Games

5 Things We've Learned From The Toronto Blue Jays' First 40 Games

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One fourth of the way into the Toronto Blue Jays' season, the team finds itself only a game and a half out of first place and in contention for the American League East championship. A lot more has gone right for the Blue Jays than people assume, in large part because this team plays north of the border and doesn't get a lot of visibility. Here are some of the things we know about the Blue Jays as we approach the end of May.

5. Jose Bautista Can Still Hit the Long ball

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5. Jose Bautista Can Still Hit the Long ball

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It isn't even the end of May yet, but Jose Bautista is anchoring right field and has stayed healthy. Not only that, Bautista is hitting the ball with frequency, to the tune of 10 home runs and 28 RBIs. His powerful pop has helped a Blue Jays team maintain its plate presence. Players like Bautista, Adam Lind, and Juan Francisco are hitting at or close to .300.

4. Jose Reyes Can't Quite Stay Healthy

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4. Jose Reyes Can't Quite Stay Healthy

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It is a given Jose Reyes won't be quite the dynamic player he was with the New York Mets as repeated injuries have sapped the star shortstop of his running ability. Hamstring issues struck Reyes the first week of the season and kept him out for a stretch, and he has been slow to recover. With 20 runs scored, a .215 average and five stolen bases, Reyes has disappointing numbers for a player signed to a huge contract.

3. The Roster is in Flux at Key Spots

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3. The Roster is in Flux at Key Spots

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Although the roster is stable in most places, the Blue Jays have some holes to fill. From their problems at second base to the need for a steady outfielder between Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista, the Blue Jays have some problems to address. Kevin Pillar was called up to support Colby Rasmus, who is hitting a meager .222 in center. The team now has Brett Lawrie playing second base after its initial plan to play rookie Ryan Goins flopped.

2. Melky Cabrera Can't Escape His Doubters

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2. Melky Cabrera Can't Escape His Doubters

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Sure, the outfielder is off to a strong start at the plate with a .324 batting average, 55 hits and six home runs. However, his association with Victor Conte and BALCO, the lab that distributed steroids to players around the major leagues, has proven to be tough to shake. Testing is tougher than ever before and Cabrera has stayed clean, but some people are unwilling to forgive and Cabrera will always have the finger waggers pointing at him.

1. Casey Janssen is at Home On The Mound

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1. Casey Janssen is at Home On The Mound

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Now that Casey Janssen is back, the Blue Jays' relief corps should settle into a better pattern. Sergio Santos held down the hill as best he could in the ninth inning, but he was shaky. Forearm soreness ended up sending Santos to the disabled list, and it may have been the source of his weakness. Janssen is a more stable closer, and once he has a few more appearances, he should help Toronto maintain a steady pace in the pennant race.

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