Blue Jays' awful defence is stunning

Blue Jays' Maicer Izturis misses the tag on the Yankees' Brett Gardiner of as he steals second base...

Blue Jays' Maicer Izturis misses the tag on the Yankees' Brett Gardiner of as he steals second base at the Rogers Centre yesterday. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:29 AM ET

TORONTO - Teams go into hitting slumps all the time, nothing new about that.

Teams have spells where the pitching goes south, when nobody can get anybody out. Happens all the time.

But defensive slumps? That’s something different altogether.

From the opening day of the season, the most surprising aspect of the Blue Jays dreary start has been their terrible defensive play — and we’re not just talking about on-field errors. There have been plenty of other mental miscues, the inability to turn double plays, multiple off-line throws to the plate. The list goes on and on.

The result is a team that can’t hit, especially with runners in scoring position, has had troublesome starting pitching and is one of the worst defensive team in the league. Given all that it is a miracle that they are just 8-11 and not completely buried in the standings.

The bad glovework, meanwhile, is perplexing. The Jays didn’t have Gold Glovers at every position but nobody saw this coming.


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