We hit May 1 on Monday. It's not early for the Blue Jays, Royals and Giants anymore. Over the last three seasons, they won two World Series and compiled 46 postseason victories. How different 2017 is.
The Royals entered Monday just 7-16 -- and on their first nine-game losing streak since 2012. The Giants were 9-17 and the Blue Jays were 8-17, albeit on their first two-game win streak. All were in last place in their divisions, with Toronto's eight-game deficit in the AL East the biggest in baseball.
So what happened? Offense is killing this trio. They're the bottom three in runs scored, slugging and OPS. The Royals are particularly anemic, with a .210 batting average and just 63 runs in 23 games, their lowest total in that span since 1992.
The Blue Jays, of course, lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency and Jose Bautista has just one home run in 90 at-bats. Plus they're decimated by injuries to the likes of Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ. The Giants' season looks derailed by Buster Posey's beaning and Madison Bumgarner's ATV accident. Because of April, this trio may not have any October.