Blue Jays off to one of their worst starts in franchise history

May 31 2019, 1:15 am

The Blue Jays are one-third of the way through the 2019 season. The best word to describe the journey so far? Painful. People expected the Blue Jays’ rebuild to be laborious, but most didn’t expect it to be this painful.

With 35% of the regular season in the rearview mirror, the Blue Jays are off to one of the worst starts in franchise history.

After a 21-35 record through heir first 56 games, the Blue Jays have their fourth-worst start ever. That translates to a .375 winning percentage, which puts them on pace to lose 101 games this season.

Worst Records in Blue Jays History (After 56 Games)

Year Wins Losses Games Under .500
1979 14 42 -28
1981 16 40 -24
1978 19 37 -18
2019 21 35 -14
1995 22 34 -12

To put that in perspective, the Blue Jays have an early-season record reminiscent of their early expansion years. Some of the darkest days in franchise history were in the late 70s, but by the time the 80s rolled around, the Jays were a promising team with a stable of young superstar prospects.

After the Blue Jays finished their ninth season in 1985, they captured an American League East title and were one win from advancing to the World Series.

With 106 games left to play this season, sadly, things could get even worse for the Blue Jays as the 2019 campaign plays out. The Jays have only played 15 games thus far against AL East opponents and they have yet to face division-leading New York Yankees.

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Plus, if the Blue Jays forge further down the rebuild path, the team will likely subtract veteran pieces off the roster ahead of this year’s traded deadline. Players like Justin Smoak, Marcus Stroman and Ken Giles would be very attractive trade chips for contending teams.

Unfortunately, these are the ill effects of a franchise in the midst of a rebuild. If this season forecasts as year one of the next phase of the Blue Jays’ rebuild, fans should prepare for the potential of more agony before another postseason berth.

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