The Blue Jays can finally hit with runners in scoring position
At the start of the series, the same old story appeared to be happening as the Jays went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position while leaving nine men on base. Fortunately, they made up for it with some big time home runs, five to be exact, to lead the team to victory. But they can’t just keep relying on the long ball to win games, especially come playoff time. With their constant struggles with hitting in the clutch and with runners in scoring position, it could really hurt them down the road when the games mattered most.
Luckily, it appears as though if the Jays can produce the right approach at the plate, they can really get the job done. In the following two games in the series, they would combine to go 12-for-26 when hitting with RISP for a .462 batting average in such situations. Their ability to keep the lineup rolling with their at-bats fuelled the team to important victories in those two contests, one being a critical close game on Saturday in which every run counted, and one being a blowout on Sunday, which has been badly needed for an offensively struggling team.
So now that the Jays’ offence have suddenly awaken, along with the fact that they finally believe in themselves that they can actually beat teams within their own division, this serves as a huge positive stepping stone for the ballclub as they head into the final few weeks of the season in pursuit of a playoff spot. And who knows, now that they can beat divisional foes, perhaps even a potential divisional title may no longer be a fantasy anymore, and may become reality if the Jays can pull it all together for once.