Toronto Blue Jays fans had so many reasons to be hopeful as April came to an end. The team was off to a strong start, which was crucial given the way early struggles doomed them in 2017.

But as is the case in baseball, everything can change in a month. The Blue Jays have spent much of the past 30 days in complete free fall, enduring a stretch where several worst-case scenarios played out in real time.

Before June commences, here’s a day-by-day look back at why the team will be happy to escape one of the most horror-filled months in recent franchise memory.

As seen on @timandsid, the #BlueJays have been on a tailspin since their strong start to the season. pic.twitter.com/ZqSw5Dd67J

— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) May 30, 2018

May 1

A 16-12 April has the Blue Jays in a good spot as the calendar flips. They carry the good vibes into the next month with a 7-4 comeback win in 10 innings over the Twins.

May 2

In the next game, the Blue Jays record their first loss of the month, a 4-0 defeat in Minnesota. Ironically, Toronto right-hander Marcus Stroman enjoys his best outing of the season and lowers his season ERA to 7.52. (More on him later.)

May 3

Steve Pearce hits the disabled list with an oblique strain. Fellow outfielder Randal Grichuk is also part of the infirmary, as is Troy Tulowitzki. They’ll soon have company …

May 6

Shortstop Aledmys Diaz is carted off the field with a severe left ankle sprain. His absence reverberates through the roster, eventually causing the Blue Jays to go more than two weeks without a natural shortstop on the roster.

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Looking back at one of the ugliest months in Blue Jays history

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