If you’re looking for bright spots in another non-postseason bound Toronto Blue Jays team, you need to look no further than the play of Marco Scutaro in 2009.
Scutaro was given two roles entering the season. He was tasked with full-time shortstop duties, and also penciled in as the team’s leadoff hitter. At 116 games into the season, it’s safe to say he’s performed admirably in both roles.
On Sunday, Scutaro brought his average back up to an even .300. Since July 19, the 33-year-old has hit safely in 18 of 22 games, batting .362 (34-for-94) with five homers and 12 RBIs during that span. Sunday he was 3-for-5 with his 11th long ball of the year in a 5-2 loss to the Rays. In classic Scutaro fashion, the shortstop saw a total of 25 pitches on the afternoon — the most by any player in the contest.
It’s still too early to tell whether or not the Blue Jays will make an offer to Scutaro, who will become a free agent following the ’09 season. There are both pluses and minuses (the plus being the two draft picks the Jays would receive by letting Scutaro sign with another team). But one thing’s for certain: he’s done everything the Blue Jays have asked of him in 2009 — his first full-time gig in the big leagues, no less.