The Blue Jays' hot start, by the numbers
May, 29, 2014
By Buster Olney | ESPN Insider
USA Today SportsAt this point last season, Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Buehrle and the Jays were eight games under .500.As Kevin Pillar dove across home plate Wednesday night with the run that extended Toronto's winning streak to nine games, the other Jays came spilling out of the dugout. It's as if they have stolen the winning formula from the 2013 Red Sox and are using it as their own: Wear down opposing pitchers with a relentless and deep lineup, sharing the information they've gleaned along the way, and create a margin for error.
The Blue Jays have broken away from the pack in the AL East by owning May, putting up some pretty incredible numbers in the process. Here are 11 numbers that encapsulate this team:
96: The victory pace of the Jays, who are 32-22 after the first third of the season.
22: The margin by which the Jays have outscored the second-highest team in May.