Toronto Blue Jays Week 1: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IApril 8, 2011

TORONTO,CANADA - APRIL 1:  Ricky Romero #24 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch against the Minnesota Twins on opening day during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre April 1, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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The first week of the season is now over for the Toronto Blue Jays, who finish with a 4-2 record.

They took two of three games from both the Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics.

They now head out to Anaheim to begin a lengthy road trip that will also take them through Seattle and Boston.


The Good:

Adam Lind

It's early, but Adam Lind looks like he is well on his way to becoming the player he was back in 2009. He had three extra base hits in the six games, including a home run and he hit .360.

Not only that, but he is performing a lot better than expected in his first full season as a first basemen. 

Yunel Escobar

Probably the best Jay after Ricky Romero, Escobar will be out for at least a couple of games with a concussion after banging his head into the knee of Athletic third basemen Andy Laroche.

Escobar is hitting .474 with two triples and a walk-off home run already this season.

J.P Arencibia

There were concerns not only about Arencibia's defence, but also his bat after a poor spring training.

Fortunately, Arencibia has hit the ball well in every game he has played so far and he had a monster debut with two home runs and a triple.

Ricky Romero

The stats say it all, 1-0 in two starts and a minuscule 1.32 ERA, Romero has proven that he deserves to be the ace of this staff.

Romero has performed well by mixing in his stellar change-up wonderfully with his fastball. 

Kyle Drabek

Many questions surrounded Drabek heading into his first start of the season and he put a lot of them to rest, even if it was just for one start.

He introduced a new cut fastball that fooled the Twins hitters all night. He held them to just one hit through seven innings of work.

The Bullpen

Even without Octavio Dotel and Frank Francisco, the Jays bullpen has been stellar. Only Jon Rauch and Jason Frasor have given up runs this year so far. 


The Bad:

Aaron Hill

Yes, he has hit the ball hard this year, but hits continue to allude Aaron Hill, who has an OBP that is lower than his average.

Hill will have to turn things around quickly or else thoughts of last year will start to creep back into his head.

Brett Cecil

Cecil started off very well, but things began to unravel in the fifth inning.

He had problems with his velocity in spring training and may have tried to over compensate during his start. 

Jason Frasor

Has blown two games already in four appearances. Gave up a home run against Oakland in the tenth, but the Jays were able to come back and win.

Just two days later, he gave up a one run lead in the eighth, but was a victim of bad luck.


The Ugly:

Juan Rivera

One hit in 17 at-bats and has shown absolutely zero range while filling in for Jose Bautista in right field, looks like the Jays should have kept Mike Napoli to DH instead of a struggling Rivera.

Edwin Encarnacion

Unlike most Jays fans, I applauded when it was announced that Encarnacion would be moving back to third base. Unfortunately, he has already made three errors and is only hitting .174.

Like Hill, his OBP is lower than his average. However, I believe that Encarnacion will turn things around soon.

Jo-Jo Reyes

Things could not have gone worse for Reyes in his first start ever in a Blue Jay uniform; he may only have one start left with Brandon Morrow returning soon.

It seemed like all Reyes could do was throw fastball after fastball and the Athletics jumped all over him.

Reyes only lasted three and one-third innings. 


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