Oh no Marco!

The Blue Jays have hit a wall. Or, to use my least favourite word in baseball jargon, they’re ‘scuffling.’ With a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night, Toronto now sits at 41-37, fourth-place in the AL East and 3 ½ games back in the wild card race.

Monday’s loss was the Jays’ third in a row. And what has been a constant in each of those three losses? The absence of leadoff man Marco Scutaro. Not an absence from the lineup – just an absence of his usual productive self. The normally dependable Scutaro has gone a combined 0-for-12 with one walk during those three losses. To use a line from a former ball teammate, it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure this one out. In other words, if your leadoff man gets on base just once in 13 plate appearances, well, you’re in some trouble.

Scutaro, in fact, has been ‘scuffling’ (shudder) for a week now. In his last seven contests, the 33-year-old shortstop has just three hits in 29 at-bats, lowering his average by 18 points, from an even .300 to .282 following action Monday. His on-base percentage, meanwhile, has dropped from .400 to .381.

Perhaps he’s getting a little worn down? After all, he’s played in all 78 games so far this season. Vernon Wells is the only other Blue Jay who can claim the same feat. Perhaps Johnny Mac gets the call tomorrow at short? Or … will we see Russ Adams return to that position?

One Response to “Oh no Marco!”

  1. Jay B Says:

    or maybe it’s just a regression to the mean for the career utility man…

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