Who Deserves the Blame for the Blue Jays' Very Slow Start?

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Who Deserves the Blame for the Blue Jays' Very Slow Start?
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Jose Bautista before a game discussing what a slow start the team is off to this season.

A team built on strong starting pitching and a nice blend of speed, skill and power in the batting order has so far been nothing but that.

Once in a while the starters will go past the sixth inning, but for the most part they have been inconsistent.

Inconsistent is bad, but non-existent is even worse.

Non-existence, meet the Toronto Blue Jays batters. Not only have they stunk up the joint, but the only regular right now batting over .260 is catcher JP Arencibia. The only batter with an on-base percentage over .325 is Adam Lind, and he doesn't play everyday because of matchups.

Projected superstar third basemen Brett Lawrie is struggling with his timing this year after returning from a month-long absence due to a rib ailment. He's averaging a strikeout every three at-bats. At this rate, over a 600 at-bat season, he will strikeout 200 times.

You could live with the strikeouts if he was producing runs, but right now he can barely find his way to first.

So who is to blame for the Jays' horrible start? Here are five reasons you can point at for the Jays' terrible start.

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