Blue Jays: Putting Spring Training in the rear view
Apr 1, 2015; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Dalton Pompey (45) bunts for a single during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Over the last 4-5 years, the offense has never been a question, but maybe it should have been. The Blue Jays often scored a lot of runs (’14 723 RS / 5th MLB, ’13 712 RS / 9th MLB, ’12 716 RS / 13th MLB, ’11 743 RS / 6th MLB), but it typically was feast or famine. Last season, the Blue Jays O scored double digits in runs 10 times. A pretty impressive feat, but the offense was also shut out 11 times. Of the eight teams last season that scored over 700 runs, the Blue Jays were 2nd to only the Twins (12).
That should not happen this season. In theory, based off of numbers from AAA and against AAA opponents (8.3) or better this spring, Dalton Pompeyâ€™s splits (.327/.364/.519) have been better than his minor league numbers (.276/.367/.415). This consistency should continue based off of his approach to date. This will be refreshing since former CF, Colby Rasmus, was anything but consistent.
Devon Travis will be harder to gauge with no ABs above AA. However, based off of Spring Training ABs (Opp Rating: 8.4), heâ€™s been sensational. If the numbers translate into the season, the Blue Jays will again, receive consistently good ABs from a position that’s been inconsistent since Roberto Alomar left.
Combining the aforementioned with the addition of Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin, and Michael Saunders, to go along with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, this team has serious potential to put up historic franchise numbers. Pretty impressive for a team that already knew how to score runs in bunches.