The AL East is the most unforgiving and competitive division in all the game.
The Toronto Blue Jays, who stocked up on new players over the winter, quickly found out just how the rest of the division cared about their offseason aquisitions.
Toronto picked up Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes in the Miami Marlins' fire-sale trade, and none of them has panned out.
For Reyes, it wasn't his fault. After all, he was hitting .395 before he hurt his ankle. Buehrle has no such excuse, having gone 1-3 with a 6.33 ERA. His struggles, mixed with the off-and-on start of reigning Cy Young and big-time free-agent signing R.A. Dickey, are a huge part of what has doomed the Jays out of the gate.
Johnson's triceps inflammation wasn't any help to the club either, his performance and velocity on the mound being very subpar.
It's not hard to believe Toronto flailing so bad if you just remember how the Marlins were last season when they had all those players on their team. So now its the American League edition.
And the Blue Jays aren't exactly getting tremendous help from their usuals either.
Jose Bautista, one of the best hitters in the game, is hitting .254 despite an acceptable amount of nine home runs. Edwin Encarnacion has been the big stick in the Jays order, but even his stats will likely deflate from last year.
A .282 average, held by newly acquired outfielder Melky Cabrera, is the highest on the team besides Rajai Davis' (in only 81 at-bats) .284 mark. The Blue Jays have been known as a team to "let loose" with their swings, and right now the entire franchise is whiffing.