Would you be surprised if I told you Raimel Tapia had the highest batting average of the players during this stretch? The fourth outfielder on the team started six games and went 8 for 20 (.400) with four doubles and the same amount of RBI. He just seemed like he was consistently making good contact with the bat and is forcing himself into the line-up.
The Blue Jays recalled Cavan Biggio right at the start of the winning streak, so is he the key to the turnaround?
Unfortunately, no matter how much I like him, the answer is no. Biggio has been better compared to the start of the season when he went 1 for 23 before a stint on the injured list. He started six of the seven games since being recalled and has gone 4 for 17 with a pair of doubles and has an on-base percentage of .350 during the win streak. I jokingly say that if MLB had robotic umpires, Biggio would be a .300 hitter because of all the bad strike calls that go against him.
It still baffles me that Bradley Zimmer has a spot on the active roster. Sure, he has speed and good defensive abilities but he has been so bad at the plate. Zimmer started three games and came into the game late in another four. In total, he has gone 0 for 9 with five strikeouts, while being walked twice and getting on one other time by the way of being hit by the pitch. He also has zero stolen base attempts during the streak and has now seen his season slash line drop to .111/.200/.222 on the year.
Bradley Zimmer is the only Blue Jays player to fail to register a hit during the eight-game win streak, it may be time to move on.
I don’t think the Blue Jays’ offence has come even close to what they are capable of doing, but they are going in the right direction. Do you foresee the club making any moves to give the offence an even bigger push or are they are good with where the direction has turned?