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07:11 AM ET 04.30 | Is it possible a popular pick to win the AL East might not even have a shot at the playoffs before May 1? [While] we're still in the first month of the season, the Blue Jays season is in jeopardy. After getting swept over the weekend, the Jays stand at 9-17, and they are now 9 1/2 games out of first place. ... [Without Jose Reyes] it's harder to see them playing like a great team for five months, and their April performance means that they have to play like a great team for five months or their season will end without a playoff spot. It's too early for the Jays to give up and punt the season, but it's not too early for us to note that Toronto's season is now very likely going to end on September 29th.

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April 30, 2013  07:27 AM ET

Ouch, thats got to hurt

April 30, 2013  07:44 AM ET

This start does not surprise me.

April 30, 2013  08:14 AM ET

So, no playoff contenders this season will win 9 out of 26 games at any point in the year?

The starting pitching everyone was confident in has now expired and will be awful all season?

Better to struggle in April than in September, isn't it?

Did the author of this troll bait forget that there are 162 games this season?

It's too early to write off any team, especially one you considered a contender. Why not talk about how they need to improve their defence, or discuss how their BABIP is insanely low, or that 5 or 6 career .280 hitters are hitting .150?

They've been terrible this year but in MLB you can be terrible for a month and then improve.

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April 30, 2013  08:28 AM ET

They have dug themselves a really deep hole, but this is the equivalent of an NFL team being 1-2.

Write them off if you want, but a team with good pitching and hitting doesn't lose 100 games, they could easily be .500 on June 1.

April 30, 2013  08:29 AM ET
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So, no playoff contenders this season will win 9 out of 26 games at any point in the year?

Impossible? No. Very unlikely? Yes. Particularly given the division they play in.

And before you say that the AL East isn't as good as it used to be, consider the fact that while the Yankees and Red Sox may or may not be the juggernauts they were a few seasons ago, the Orioles and Rays are now solid teams, if not contenders. So the ceiling on the AL East might not be as high, but the basements has come up.

April 30, 2013  08:30 AM ET
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Better to struggle in April than in September, isn't it?

Actually, no. It makes no difference. At the end of the season, you can't tell the difference between the L's from April or September.

April 30, 2013  08:31 AM ET
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The starting pitching everyone was confident in has now expired and will be awful all season?

Perhaps there shouldn't have been so much confidence in that starting pitching. A lot of question marks in there.

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April 30, 2013  08:32 AM ET

If no improvement by the All-Star break Gibbons could be fired as an scapegoat for their bad play and if they fail to make the playoffs the GM could be next to go.

April 30, 2013  08:32 AM ET
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Did the author of this troll bait forget that there are 162 games this season?

Not that they write in stone, but the folks at FanGraphs have forgotten more about baseball than you'll ever know.

April 30, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Plenty of teams have gone on amazing runs late in the season, this Jays team is not incapable of that.

The Red Sox and Yankees are performing well over projections and the Jays have played almost half their games against them.

My only point is, it's early - too early for this article to be written.

April 30, 2013  08:34 AM ET
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It's too early to write off any team, especially one you considered a contender.

I agree that you shouldn't write off any team quite yet. In fact, I think the Toronto Blue Jays will turn it around and finish right about where I picked them to preseason: 4th in the AL East.

April 30, 2013  08:34 AM ET

.....what garbage.....jays will indeed win the east bc: 1. jays still have the best pitching and offensive talent....and reyes will be back for the stretch run 2. orioles will be the other team, and will win it if jays dont 3. yanks are having their moment before the old guys start to mail it in...4. red sux arms are doing well but have yet to play elite teams 5. rays are professional crybabies and are built to finish 3rd which is what they will do again this year.

April 30, 2013  08:35 AM ET
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They've been terrible this year but in MLB you can be terrible for a month and then improve.

Terrible is one thing. Having the 3rd worst record in the majors for an entire month -- especially the first month of a season in which expectations were so high -- is worse.

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April 30, 2013  08:41 AM ET
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I was inclined to agree with the article until I checked wild card standings and realized they're only 6 games back. That's make-up-able.

That is true, but being six back on the wild card isn't the same as being six back for the division. There are thirteen teams ahead of them.

Plus, this isn't your father's wild card - all it gets you is a one game play-in with the opportunity to spend your ace for the first round.

 
April 30, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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GM could be next to go.

Did you know they'll be paying Mark Buehrle $18m next year?

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