The Toronto Blue Jays are looking bad, really bad. They have a grand total of three wins fourteen games deep into the still young 2017 MLB season. The starting pitching has been bad, and the lineup has been even worse. José Bautista embodies the Jays’ struggles, as he is hitting .118. Bautista is the face of Toronto baseball, and he is their most feared hitter behind Josh Donaldson. Donaldson was playing well before he got hurt, as he was hitting .310 with four runs batted in. Things were bad before he left the lineup, but things are now worse.
The starting pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.23 and the bullpen’s combined ERA is 4.72. These are not terrible numbers by any stretch, but they are certainly not good. These numbers how that the lineup just is not producing. About a week ago, the Blue Jays took on the Milwaukee Brewers, and in this particular game, Marcus Stroman was the starting pitcher. He threw a great game, going all nine innings while letting up a meager two runs, and yet the Jays still managed to lose the game. The Blue Jays are by far a more superior team on paper than the Brewers, yet they still managed to lose a game where their starter went nine innings. They could not even score two runs to tie the game up and send it to extras. This just shows how badly they are playing, and that game included Donaldson in the lineup.
Josh Donaldson is a premier hitter in the American League. The Jays are scuffling really badly. They are putting themselves behind the eight ball with their really poor play. Hopefully, Donaldson can get himself back to good health and inject the Jays with some energy they are clearly lacking right now.