The Jays beat Seattle Thursday night at Rogers Centre
The Blue Jays have nearly finished 25% of their season.
While they remain one of the worst teams in the American League, there are positive signs that they might finally be taking flight.
A three-game winning streak has brought them to only 6 games below .500 and they are now only 8 games behind the division leading Baltimore Orioles.
Kevin Pillar has been outstanding through the first 36 games. He is batting .303 and has played stellar defensively.
Overall, the starting pitching has been solid. Marco Estrada has been very sharp, with an ERA of 3.12. Marcus Stroman has been solid as well. He leads the team with 3 wins, and has a respectable 3.38 ERA.
Joe Biagini and Roberto Osuna have led the bullpen, with decent support from Joe Smith, Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera.
The Blue Jay hitters have shown life in the past couple of weeks even though their season stats thus far are poor. Jose Bautista is only hitting .176 and has struck out 47 times. Devon Travis’ batting average is also 30 points below .200. The catcher position has produced only 17 hits in 125 at-bats.
But on the bright side, Justin Smoak is having a solid start. He is hitting .265, with a team leading 6 home runs (tied with stalwart, Kendrys Morales) and 21 RBIs.
The second quarter of the season holds some promise for the Blue Jays to improve, but if the Jays are going to be contenders they will continue to need solid pitching and significant improvement in their hitting.