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The Blue Jays Are Still Hanging Around

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The Beaten and Battered Blue Jays Are Still Hanging Around

The Toronto Blue Jays have been hit early and often with the injury bug this year, as all-stars Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, and Aaron Sanchez headline the list of players that have landed on the Disabled List this season. They are not the only ones who have been hurt, as Russel Martin, Francisco Lirianno, J.A. Happ, Anthony Alford, Dalton Pompey, Darrell Ceciliani, Steve Pearce, Glen Sparkman, and Bo Schultz all currently are on the DL. So not only are the Blue Jays missing some of their everyday players and 3/5ths of their starting rotation. They are also missing depth pieces that are meant to back some of these guys up.

Even though the Blue Jays have dealt with the injury bug they sit only 7.5 games back of the New York Yankees  in the American League East. Last year, after 47 games the Jays sat at a 22-25 mark, compared to their 21-26 mark this year, leaving them 7 games behind the East Leaders. At this point it would be hard to consider the Blue Jays out of the playoff race as they have managed to get hot in the month of May going 13-9 compared to an April of 8-17.

Reinforcements on the Way

The Blue Jays are set to receive some big help as they open a home stand against the Texas Rangers tomorrow, with Donaldson and Tulowitzki set to return to action. While in their stead the Jays have received some admirable performances from players like Pillar, Travis, Goins  and Smoak.

Having these two back will help them fight back towards a .500 record. The Blue Jays offence has missed the likes of Tulo and Donaldson, as they have struggled to hit. This team has struggled to win without home runs, gets two of its most dangerous bats back. With only 3 players in their starting 9 batting above .250 the Jays can’t wait to welcome these two back. Being a streaky team, and having two of your clubhouse leaders the Jays could go on a run.

After all they’ve managed to weather this year the Jays still aren’t out of it. The AL east is anyone’s division this year as so far the Yankees look to be the most complete team. As strong as they have been, the Yankees are made up of mostly rookies and their Ace Tanaka is struggling.

The Orioles rotation is thin, and with Zach Britton back on the DL, their bats are keeping them afloat. Boston is thin behind Sale in the rotation and their bats are sorely missing David Ortiz in the lineup. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay is Tampa Bay and doesn’t look like they will be able to stick with the pack.


While the Jays currently sit 7.5 games out of a playoff spot it would be unwise to count them out. Known to be one of the streakiest teams in baseball, this team could claw their way back. Having Donaldson and Tulowitzki back in time for a series against Texas will help motivate this team.

When the all-star break rolls around, don’t be surprised to hear that the Jays are battling for a playoff spot. Strong starting pitching from Marcus Stroman and Marco Estrada have helped right the ship. Meanwhile Biagini has been admirable in his effort has he moonlighted as a starter. One of the biggest question marks coming into the season was  the bullpen and after an awful April, has been lights out in May.