The Toronto Blue Jays have finally turned a corner. They have won six of their last nine and are a very streaky team right now, having a three-game win streak followed by a three-game losing streak, and they are now back on a three-game win streak. Win streak, win streak—bet you didn't think you'd read that as many times as you did in the first few lines.
So what has changed?
Since J.P Arencibia's ninth-inning home run on May 6, they have been a different ball team (I wrote about the impact of that home run here). Although they are only 5-3 during that stretch, the three losses came against three All-Star starting pitchers (reigning Cy Young winner David Price, current wins leader in Matt Moore and arguably the best pitcher in the AL right now and possible All-Star starter Jon Lester). So the three losses were legit when facing those types of pitchers.
Moreover, the hitting has come around, particularly with runners in scoring position (RISP). It was impressive that the Blue Jays scored 10 runs Tuesday night without one home run. Things are jiving in Toronto.
When addressing the first-quarter grades, I am going to split the season into "before J.P's home run" and "after J.P's home run." I believe that the former was the Jekyll to the current Hyde.
Let's take a look at how the team has fared in the first quarter of the season.