Niagara Gazette — At about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday it looked like the Toronto Blue Jays were about to fall to 2-6 on the season.
By about 7 p.m., after an 8-6 comeback win over the Detroit Tigers, Jays fans got a bit of a reprieve from their discontent. Toronto was in the midst of its worst start since 2004 and many were speculating whether or not the team's well-documented spending spree in the summer was a mistake.
It's funny how in sports how a tough 10-game stretch is measured by the time when it occurs. If the Blue Jays dropped five of seven in the middle of their 162-game schedule most people wouldn't bat an eye lash.
Toronto is going to be fine.
It's been a bit cold early on and some of the Jays' hitters haven't heated up yet, but there are great signs up and down the lineup.
Catcher J.P. Arencibia is having what looks to be a breakout season. The 27-year-old is hitting .323 with three home runs and seven RBI. His clutch one-out, 3 RBI double in the top of the seventh Wednesday is the type of hit that can get a team going on a nice little win streak.
Jose Reyes has been outstanding so far this season. He entered Wednesday's game hitting .444 and, even after an 0-for-4 start to the day, he poked a single in the eighth to keep his momentum going.
The key for the Jays is going to be how their pitching staff responds after a slow and, at times, disastrous start.
Mark Buehrle gave up six runs for the second-straight outing on Wednesday, watching his ERA balloon to 10.24 on the season. Reigning National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey is 0-2 with a 8.44 ERA in 10 2/3 innings, and batters are hitting .304 against the knuckleballer on the year.
But J.A. Happ was strong in his first start, pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the only win of the season thus far by a Toronto starter.
The staff on the big league club is going to have to figure it out, otherwise the Jays could be in a world of trouble. There aren't any impact arms in Buffalo.
But Toronto will contend in the American League East, so everybody can take a big breath.Respond to Matt Parrino on Twitter @MattParrino or by email: email@example.com