Five games of a young MLB season represents a grand total of three percent of the entire year.
However, the first five games can often tell fans and players how the makeup of a team will shake out as the season goes on. Through five games teams see all five starting pitchers, all relievers and give a first glimpse at new additions.
One of the sobering realities going into the 2012 season for the Toronto Blue Jays was that they would need to leapfrog one of New York, Tampa Bay or Boston in order to qualify for the postseason. That thorn in the Jays side has kept them out of the playoffs since 1993 but early signs show the team is ready to re-invent themselves as a perennial contender.
Here's a look at the reasons why, after these first few games, it's become clear that the Red Sox are the team the Jays can overtake in the AL East: