Toronto Blue Jays’ First-Half of 2014 MLB Season Report Card

Toronto Blue Jays' First-Half of 2014 MLB Season Report Card

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To the surprise of a few, the Toronto Blue Jays are fighting for the American League East division crown. The Blue Jays have been a power trip this year and have been really fun to watch. However, with the recent injuries toward the end of the first-half of the season, Toronto will need to persevere the rest of the way.

5. Offense

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5. Offense

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The Blue Jays are one of the most powerful teams in the majors behind hitters like Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. However, losing Encarnacion to injury, the Blue Jays need to do more than just hit home runs the rest of the way. The division race is going to get tighter.

First-Half Grade: A

4. Defense

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4. Defense

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Toronto is also in the top 10 in fielding percentage. Although no one has a stand out range factor, players like Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Reyes have been reliable infielders while Josh Thole and Dioner Navarro are great behind the plate.

First-Half Grade: B

3. Starting Pitching

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3. Starting Pitching

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Toronto does not have the flashiest pitchers in baseball, but they are solid enough for keep the Blue Jays alive. Mark Buehrle has a 1.27 WHIP and a 2.67 ERA, carrying the Blue Jays' rotation. Others like R.A. Dickey and JA Happ have to do a better job for Toronto to have a chance at the division.

First-Half Grade: C+

2. Relief Pitching

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2. Relief Pitching

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Casey Janssen has been great in the ninth and Todd Redmond has pitched well in the 49 innings he's thrown in. Everyone else in between should start to lock down the pitching in the middle innings. Aaron Loup and Sergio Santos should start to do better in their situations.

First-Half Grade: C+

1. Coaching

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1. Coaching

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Back with the Blue Jays, John Gibbons is near the top with the team again. Gibbons is going to have his toughest task at keeping Toronto in the race for the rest of the year. Without Encarnacion and Adam Lind, Toronto needs to find some other source of offense.

First-Half Grade: B

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