So when is it no longer early in a baseball season? For the Toronto Blue Jays, it's no longer early right now. And that's a sobering thought.
The Jays were off Monday and take an MLB-worst 2-10 record into Tuesday's series opener against the Red Sox. They're batting .212 with just seven home runs and one stolen base. They have bottom-of-the-barrel marks in slugging (.312) and OPS (.592).
Sure, Edwin Encarnacion left for Cleveland. But the Jays’ cupboard wasn't supposed to be this bare. Instead, Jose Bautista is batting .136 with no home runs, Devon Travis is at .105 and Russell Martin is at .097. Big free-agent signee Kendrys Morales is at .227 with two homers. Worse yet, they have major injuries. Josh Donaldson (calf) and Aaron Sanchez (blister) are already on the DL. And 20-game winner J.A. Happ (0-3, 4.50) left Sunday with dreaded elbow soreness.
Coming off back-to-back trips to the ALCS, it’s tough to ask fans to tolerate a rebuild if the team traded the likes of Bautista, Marco Estrada, Troy Tulowitzki or maybe even Donaldson. But it could happen. The Jays’ window is slamming shut as the Maple Leafs once again take over the town.