Blue Jays: Is Charlie Montoyo pulling names out of a hat?
The Toronto Blue Jays roster construction this season appears as if skipper Charlie Montoyo is pulling random names out of a hat.
The Blue Jays starting lineup for last night’s contest versus the Tampa Bay Rays saw catcher Danny Jansen hitting in the three-hole and Cavan Biggio hitting eighth. Albeit Toronto won the game, however, I initially thought that maybe Charlie Montoyo had found the hidden booze stash left in the manager’s office by John Gibbons.
Jansen has struggled offensively this season and is not your traditional top of the order hitter with a minuscule .151 average on the season. The backstop has hit in six different spots in the batting order with this latest climb to the three-hole.
Biggio ended up batting in a crucial part of the game in the tenth inning but he should never be in the eight-hole. The 25-year old has a .393 on-base percentage coupled with an impressive .921 OPS. Not exactly bottom of the lineup numbers.
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Montoyo has struggled to find any consistency with his lineup this season as the skipper continues to manage with zero urgency. The Blue Jays are currently in a playoff spot following a six-game winning streak, however, Montoyo insists on running a different nine players out every night.
The sophomore manager has utilized 16 different position players thus far this season and outfielder Randal Grichuk has also hit in five different spots in the batting order and we are only 24 games into the shortened season.
It would be a refreshing change if Montoyo could find an order that works and stick with it for a week or two. The players may also appreciate knowing there will be some consistency in the batting order day in and day out.
I am all for creativity and thinking outside the box but this season Montoyo appears to be just throwing anything at the wall, hoping it sticks.