TORONTO - Undoubtedly, Blue Jays fans are hard-wired to think the worst.
The club hasnít qualified for the post-season since 1993 and there have been so many mediocre seasons since, when it comes to the teamís fan base, cynicism has become firmly entrenched. And how could it not? Itís tough remaining optimistic when season after season, your favorite team is out of pennant race by August. And so when the 2014 season began and the bullpen started blowing games and the rotation struggled, many Jays fans quickly wrote the club off.
Of course itís too early to write off 2014. Nobody in the AL East has taken the bull by the horns. But thereís a trend developing ó again ó that should have fans concerned and the organization for that matter: Injuries. Last season (according to Fangraphs website), the Blue Jays were fourth in the majors in total days on the DL, and second in DL stints per team. Between 2010 and 2013, the Jays have been in the top five in terms of the average number of days on the DL. Last season, 22 Jays missed games because of injuries for a total of 1,363 total games lost.