Photo courtesy of Keith Allison
If there’s one thing that can be said about the start the Blue Jays are off to this season when it comes to the opinion of fans, its that there are those that see the glass as being half full, and those that see it as half empty. Brutal analogy I know, but even considering the Blue Jays miserable first twelve games of the 2017 season, I have trouble not having hope considering there are still 150 freakin’ games left to be played?
Believe me, nobody saw this kind of start happening for the Blue Jays. But just like no one predicted they’d be 2-10, there isn’t anyone who can say where this team will be 5 1/2 long months from now. Toronto has never had a start like this in their 41 seasons, so we have no clue how things will turn out over the course of such a long season. Obviously it’s been a brutal start, especially for a team that had high expectations heading into the season, but what happens in the first two weeks of the season doesn’t necessarily indicate what’s to occur over the remaining 22 weeks.
After the Red Sox went down 3-0 in the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees, how many people gave them a chance of coming back to win that series? Outside of New England, the answer is probably nobody. And how about a player who has a miserable first couple months to their season, only to go on a tear the remainder of the year and end up with very respectable numbers? I know that comparing a single player to a team when it comes to turning a bad start around is pretty different from one another. But if a player can get over a rough start and end up having a great year, who’s to say a team can’t either?
I don’t want you to think I’m grasping at straws by trying to make these sort of comparisons. I’m just trying to show when it comes to baseball (whether it be one player or an entire team), trends don’t always continue for a whole season. Take for example what Joey Votto did in 2016. He hit .229 in April, and followed that up by hitting .200 in May. It was an awful beginning to his year, and people were probably wondering if Votto was perhaps over the hill. Even after such a dreadful start, and probably being down in the dumps confidence wise, Votto would go on to hit .319 in June, .413 in July, .394 in August, and .389 in September. After hitting a meager .213 in April/May, he’d hit .378 from June-September, and finish the year with a .326 AVG (And finish 7th in the MVP race)
Joey Votto is still a very good ball player, and regardless of whether he hits .200 or .400 in April/May, by the end of a season, his numbers should stabilize and be around what he’s accustomed to putting up. The same thing goes for this Toronto Blue Jays squad. Even though they’re off to the worst start in franchise history, they’re still a good team, and only after playing the full 162-game schedule will anyone really know what kind of team this is.