The Blue Jays are nine games into their season of hope and not a whole lot has gone the way the sage pundits scripted.

The rotation, especially the back half, was supposed to be the great weak underbelly of whatever the season would produce but to this point, said rotation has been its strength. Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow, as expected, have been strong through their first two starts.

Equally as impressive and satisfying have been the outings of Henderson Alvarez (0-0, 2.77) and Kyle Drabek (2-0, 1.42) in their four combined starts.

The Jays have yet to figure out who their fifth starter will be but to date with the starters it's been so far, so good.

After that group the problems begin to pile up and reflect a 5-4 record that in the should-have, could-have category, may well have been a game or two better.