Seventh Heaven

It’s a pretty good time to be a No. 7 hitter in the Toronto Blue Jays lineup.

Lyle Overbay, the regular in that spot, has found his groove at the plate recently. After a rough start to the season, in which the 32-year-old batted just .176 (3-for-17) with two RBIs in his first seven games, Overbay has recovered nicely over his last five contests, going 9-for-19 (.474) with a pair of home runs – including a 12th inning walk-off winner against the Oakland A’s last Saturday.

Kevin Millar, meanwhile, was the hero Wednesday night, delivering a walk-off hit of his own to give the Jays an 8-7 win over the Rangers to improve Toronto’s record to an AL East-leading 11-5. Millar’s game-winning hit capped off a night in which he went 3-for-6 with a pair of runs scored. The 37-year-old, who has started most games for the Blue Jays against left-handed pitchers this season, currently sports a .321 (9-for-28) average with three doubles, a home run and seven RBIs.

Combined, the No. 7 spot in the lineup has produced the following numbers since Apr. 15 … .400 (12-for-30) with six walks, seven runs, three doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs.

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4 Responses to “Seventh Heaven”

  1. red Says:

    imagine they could get this type of production from the 7 spot all year

  2. TD Says:

    I like the platoon. But I wonder if Overbay will start playing more (against lefties) if he keeps swinging the bat well. As long as Millar is hitting, I guess it’s not an issue. But it would be nice for Lyle to see some action against lefties. How is he supposed to get better at hitting against them?

  3. eyebleaf Says:

    Overbay is back, baby!!!!!!!!11111

  4. TD Says:

    Yep, he’s got the John Olerud-esque swing back. Here’s hoping for more doubles!

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