Blue Jays Power Rankings Roundup: Week 3
Below is a graph of where the Blue Jays have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Blue Jays this week:
Blue Jays ranked 27th - "Offense continues to be a problem for Toronto, as they've scored just 2.8 runs per game this season, the fewest in the majors. With that kind of scoreboard outage, it's no surprise the team already has had a seven-game losing streak. Last year, Toronto didn't lose more than five games in a row. The last time the Blue Jays lost seven in a row was 2013 (twice); that team's WAR leader was Colby Rasmus (4.8). -- Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information"
Blue Jays ranked 25th - "Worst start ever. Josh Donaldson on DL. Red Sox coming to town."
Blue Jays ranked 25th - "Is it still early? Yes, But they started 1-9, and 1-9 teams don’t make the playoffs, historically speaking."
Blue Jays ranked 21st - "The Blue Jays continue their free fall down the rankings after starting the season in the No. 7 spot.
Buster Olney of ESPN.com is already talking fire sale as a result of their 2-10 start:
"The Toronto Blue Jays rotation had the best ERA in the American League in 2016 by almost half a run, and with that entire group intact and with Aaron Sanchez working free of innings restrictions this season, they could run off a week’s worth of wins and get back to .500.
But with nine losses in 11 games, the standings hole that Toronto has created for itself is enormous, compounded by the loss of MVP candidate Josh Donaldson to recurring calf problems. Rival evaluators already are beginning to size up the Jays as a possible candidate for an extensive midseason sell-off."
They're not scoring runs (2.83 per game, 30th in MLB), the starting rotation isn't picking up the slack (1-7, 4.06 ERA) and the relief corps is a mess (5.22 ERA, 1/4 SV).
It's difficult to find a positive takeaway."
Blue Jays ranked 20th - "One Nice Thing: Kendrys Morales had a walk-off homer this weekend — that was nice.
One Not-So-Nice Thing: How do you lose a season in just 12 games? You start with back-to-back 1-5 weeks. If Toronto doesn't find a groove in Week 3, they'll find themselves pining for a spot this high this summer."