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May 20 – May 22: Tampa Bay (three games)
May 23 – May 26: Baltimore (four games)
May 27- May 29: Atlanta (two games)
Despite all of the team’s high-profile offseason additions, things have gone about as poorly as they could have in Toronto this season. The team is currently sitting more than 10 games below .500, on the outside of the playoff picture.
Toronto’s seemingly potent offense has struggled to produce runs, a problem only exacerbated by the absence of its table-setter, Jose Reyes. He has been sidelined since early April with an ankle injury.
The starting rotation—widely considered to be the most improved and one of the best rotations heading into the season—trails only Houston’s starting rotation as the most inept in 2013.
While the bullpen hasn’t been terrific, they haven’t been terrible either. Considering the increasingly difficult situations and deficits the team’s starters are leaving them with, mediocre results aren’t all that surprising.
But it’s still relatively early in the season, and Toronto can rebound from this slow start. However, the rebound must begin during the team’s upcoming nine-game homestand that begins next week.
All three of Toronto’s opponents have been among the best teams in baseball thus far in 2013. Each packs a powerful lineup and quality pitching staff, both in the rotation and bullpen.
Taking care of business against division foes Boston and Baltimore will help to atone for past shortcomings and allow the Blue Jays to make up ground in both the AL East and wild-card races.
Beating Atlanta, one of the best teams in baseball, doesn’t necessarily improve the team’s playoff chance. However, doing so would provide a massive confidence boost for a team that can sure use one.