Toronto Blue Jays: Tough to Win When Your Team Leader in AVG Is Batting .268

Stephen BrownCorrespondent IIApril 25, 2013

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 20:  Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts to a strike during MLB game action against the New York Yankees April 20, 2013 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
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Say what you want about the struggles of the starting pitching staff (4.87 cumulative ERA), but when you don't hit the baseball you won't win games.

As of Thursday, April 25 2013, J.P Arencibia leads the Toronto Blue Jays in batting average at .268. To make matters worse, only one other everyday player (Melky Cabrera) is batting better than .250. That means that for seven of the nine starters on the Blue Jays team to date, they will get less than one hit for every four at-bats.

That is a very depressing number.

It could easily be argued that that is the reason for the slow start for the Blue Jays. However, I personally think that there are many things to look forward to.

If I told you at the beginning of the season that by May 1 the team leader in average would be sitting at .268 you would have laughed in my face. Moreover, if I told you that the cumulative ERA of all starting pitchers in the rotation was nearly five you would have done the same thing (albeit that was more plausible than the first scenario).

Sounds like the perfect storm to me. Add on the fact that they have lost five games by one run and they don't seem to be in that rough of shape.

People underestimate the camaraderie that happens in the clubhouse and the importance of coming together as a team. If nothing else, it was very evident this week against the Baltimore Orioles, who play like one cohesive unit all the time, even with arguably limited skill.

Don't forget that the Miami Heat started very poorly in their first season following their blockbuster moves. It takes time to right the ship and at this point the Blue Jays have seen tsunamis take down arguably their best player in Reyes, white squalls diminish their pitching and floods soaking their bats. Everything that could have gone wrong on this ship so far has done so, so we can only look up from here.

Let's hope John Gibbons doesn't steer us directly into the Bermuda Triangle.


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