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This about sums up how the first quarter of the season went for the Blue Jays
We say it all the time yet somehow keep falling into the trap about teams that win the offseason. Adding impact talent is a great thing, but it doesn't guarantee a playoff spot or World Series title. The Toronto Blue Jays are the latest example of a team that dominated so many headlines this winter only to slip on the banana peel out of the gate.
Think back the last couple of years about teams that have had the best offseasons—the Red Sox in 2011, Angels in 2012, for starters—and how many championships they have. The 2011 Red Sox were the best team in the league until September, so they didn't completely embarrass themselves.
But this Blue Jays team, much like the Dodgers, became overrated because of the names and hype of what they could be instead of what they actually are. The starting rotation was supposed to be lights out with R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle added to the mix alongside Brandon Morrow and hopefully a bounce-back season by Ricky Romero.
That sounds good in theory, except Johnson and Morrow have had injury problems throughout their careers. Morrow has also been incredibly inconsistent whenever he is on the mound, despite having an impressive power arsenal. Buehrle has gotten by with a below-average fastball for years, which is a recipe for disaster in the American League East. Romero was sent all the way down to Single-A ball at the start of the year to completely rebuild his delivery.
Meanwhile, the offense has struggled to consistently score runs without Jose Reyes in the lineup. Jose Bautista is finally getting hot after a slow start, currently posting an on-base percentage of .376 and slugging .549.
J.P. Arencibia still can't get his OBP over .300, and Colby Rasmus isn't much better than that (.314). Melky Cabrera is a far cry from the player he was prior to his suspension last season, hitting just .279/.316/.364. Brett Lawrie has struck out 26 times in 103 at-bats.
They are starting to play better as a whole, winning four of their last five to bring their record to 17-25, last in the AL East. Their run differential of minus-35 is the third worst in the AL, ahead of only the Angels and Astros.