Blue Jays start busy part of schedule

Blue Jays start busy part of schedule

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays began a stretch of 20 games in 20 days on Tuesday night when they hosted the Rays at Rogers Centre.

Toronto was in a somewhat unique situation during the first two weeks of the season, when the club had three off-days. There are both pros and cons to be taken with the frequent amount of rest during the early stages of the season.

"There is a plus and a minus to it," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "We have the ability to roll with four starters, and keep them on somewhat of a normal rotation of five days and no more than six.

"But I think for position players, when you go into a series where you have an off-day Thursday followed by an off-day Monday, it's almost like they start to get going a little bit and then there's an interruption."

That could be just one of many reasons the Blue Jays' offense has gotten off to a slow start this season. Toronto entered play on Tuesday ranked 13th in the American League with just a .231 batting average. But the one saving grace has been a .362 average with runners in scoring position.

The pitchers have kept most games close, though, and the Blue Jays remain above .500 with a 5-4 record. The pitching staff leads the American League with a .199 opponents' batting average this season.