Toronto could be in trouble

The Blue Jays are off to a slow start, and their road is getting tougher

Updated: April 8, 2013, 12:03 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

R.A. DickeyAP PHOTO/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris YoungR.A. Dickey has allowed 12 runs in 10 2/3 innings pitched thus far in 2013.

The Toronto Blue Jays came into this season with a lot of hype, but after one week in the top 10 of the ESPN Power Rankings, they have fallen to 13th place. That might not seem a big drop, but only the New York Yankees had a more precipitous drop from Week 1 to Week 2. It also puts Toronto below any of its  rankings from the first two months of last season, when it spent six of the first nine weeks of the season in the top 10 and never dipped below 12th. What's more, the first week made it clear that nobody will hand the Blue Jays anything -- they'll have to earn it.

Using this week's rankings, a quick opponent analysis of each team in the American League East shows that Toronto has by far the most difficult first-half slate -- at least 6 percent harder than that of every other division member and more than 20 percent harder than the Tampa Bay Rays' schedule.