A team effort

Of course, the big story during the Jays’ recent nine-game losing streak was the club’s inability to hit with runners in scoring position. Despite an improved 5-for-10 showing in those situations yesterday, the Blue Jays still finished with a .185 (15-for-81) average with RISP on the road trip.

Vernon Wells has received his share of criticism for the Jays’ struggles. After all, Toronto’s centre fielder is batting a dismal .164 (10-for-61) with runners in scoring position on the season.

But Wells was far from the only culprit on the recent trip. As the following breakdown shows, nearly Toronto’s entire lineup can accept a share of the blame. Aside from Lyle Overbay, who went 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs, no other Blue Jay hit better than .250 with RISP …

Adam Lind – 1-for-11, RBI
Vernon Wells – 1-for-8, 2 RBI
Alex Rios – 1-for-8, RBI
Jose Bautista – 1-for-7, 2 RBI
Scott Rolen – 1-for-6, RBI
Kevin Millar – 1-for-5, 2 RBI
Aaron Hill – 2-for-9, RBI
Marco Scutaro – 2-for-9, 4 RBI
Rod Barajas – 2-for-8, 2 RBI
Lyle Overbay – 3-for-5, 3 RBI
Joe Inglett – 0-for-2
Raul Chavez – 0-for-2

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2 Responses to “A team effort”

  1. Black Says:

    Devy,

    What do you feel is the cure for this tilt?

  2. TD Says:

    I think part of the cure might just be a day off, which they’re getting today. I think they need to try and forget about the losing skid and start fresh tomorrow.

    Slumps are inevitable in this game. There’s no way they’ll continue hitting this poorly with RISP for much longer. Having said that, there are certainly things they’ve done that they can improve upon. For example, there’s no excuse for striking out with a runner on third and one out (especially if the infield is playing back). Hit a slow grounder and score the run. It’s pretty simple. There were times on the road trip where guys simply had terrible at-bats with RISP. They also grounded into 5 double plays in those situations.

    The most important thing comes down to simply having good at-bats. Ie. hitting ‘your’ pitch as opposed to one the pitcher wants you to swing at, etc. Lind stands out as a guy who’s had troubles with that recently, whereas he was phenomenal at that earlier in the year.

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