The Blue Jays in April: I've never been so happy to see a month end

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Man, that was a terrible month of baseball. I'm pretty sure no one guessed we'd end April at 10-17.

What went well:

  • Jose Reyes was terrific with the bat, before he broke himself. A.395/465/.526 batting line, 5 stolen bases. He didn't show the range I thought he'd have on defense, but I'd imagine, if Brett Lawrie had been playing beside him, Brett could have covered up that lack of range.
  • Edwin Encarnacion has been very hot for the second half of the month. 7 home runs in 2 weeks, 5 in the last week.
  • Casey Janssen is 7 for 7 in save opportunities. Thank goodness for that. Can you imagine if he had blown a couple of those saves? He pitched 9 innings and allowed just 3 hits, 0 walks and 11 strikeouts.
  • Brett Cecil has been great as well. 14.2 innings 8 hits, 2 earned, 6 walks and 17 strikeouts. Who figured him to get more than a strikeout an inning. Darren Oliver's first 4 appearances all resulted in runs against but since then he's been much better.
  • Adam Lind has been getting on base, when he's been in the lineup. .397 OBP powered by a team leading 12 walks.
  • Brett Lawrie's glove. And his bat seems to be coming around. He's hitting .350/.381/.650 in the last week.
  • J.A. Happ has been pretty ok. 24 hits, 11 walks and 24 k in 28 innings. 3.86 ERA.
  • Jose Bautista might be having a slow start, by his standards but he still has an OPS+ of 121.

The bad?

  • Injuries. Reyes is out for half the season. Lawrie missed the first 2 weeks.Sergio Santos is out and no one seems to know when he'll be back. Jose Bautista missed a few games. Josh Johnson missed a start. R.A. Dickey hasn't been 100%.
  • Without Reyes, the middle infield has been awful. Maicer Izturis is hitting .193/.221/.289. He did have our first home run and might be coming out of the slump, he's hit .278 (with no walks and 1 extra base hit) in the past week. He has some of the weakest swings you'll ever see. He doesn't have the range I thought he would and has dropped a couple throws made to him from short. Emilio Bonifacio has been a disappointment too, hitting .179/.222/.313 and the errors he made in the first week of the season didn't make for a good first impression To my eye, he has more range than Izturis. Munenori Kawasaki added a little life, but the .220/.306/.293 batting line and the couple of errors, has thrown water on the burning love we had for him. I'd still love to see him get more All-Star votes than Derek Jeter.
  • Colby Ramus has 38 strikeouts in 84 at bats. I keep thinking that he has to get better but then I've been thinking that for 2 seasons now and it isn't happening. At least he's looked great with the glove.
  • Melky Cabrera has been a disappointment too. I expected before than a .241/.291/.287 line, with just 3 extra base hits and no homers. He's been caught twice trying to steal, in four attempts (please stop trying) and his defense looks awkward. He's slower than I thought he'd be. Maybe he'll do better as the weather warms.
  • Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson have ERAs north of 6. In 48 combined innings they have given up 65 hits,9 home runs and 15 walks. Buehrle has always been a slow starter, but this is extreme. He's gotta improve right? Johnson has had a few good moments, but the 6 earned runs in 1.1 against the Tigers really hurt his numbers. Take that game out and his ERA drops from 6.86 to 4.42.
  • The old guys, Mark DeRosa and Henry Blanco haven't been impressive either. DeRosa is hitting .161/.263/.323 in far too many at bats. I'm sure he's called more team meetings than he's had hits. And his defense is worse than I thought it could be. Blanco is hitting .133/.188/.133. Catching R.A. Dickey, he has 3 passed balls and 2 wild pitches against him and basestealers are 3 for 3 with him behind the plate. Alex, I think we could let these two retire now.
  • Though he has a good ERA (2.35) Steve Delabar has given up 13 walks in 15.1 innings.
  • J.P. Arencibia has 8 home runs, but just 2 walks. I guess we are just going to have to live with the fact that this is who JP is and enjoy his hot streaks.
Anything else you'd like to comment on from the first month of the season. I'm sure May will be better.
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