A year ago, the Blue Jays allowed more runs than all but four MLB teams. Over the winter, run prevention was a stated focus for the team, yet the front office’s biggest additions came in the form of position players.

Within that context it’s at least a little bit surprising to see the Blue Jays leading the American League with a 3.07 ERA Monday as they prepare for a two-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Clearly, this pitching staff is doing its part to keep the Blue Jays in contention despite a long list of pitchers on the injured list.

"We're hanging in games because of the way that we've pitched," manager Charlie Montoyo said. "They've done a great job to keep us in every game so far."

Many of those injured pitchers are making strides toward a potential return and in the meantime, the schedule might play to the Blue Jays’ advantage. With four of their next 11 days off starting Monday, the Blue Jays could theoretically maximize the contributions from their top three starters without overworking Hyun-Jin Ryu, Steven Matz and Robbie Ray.