Who Will Step Up For the Toronto Blue Jays?

By Clayton Richer
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The Toronto Blue Jays are 6-9 to start the 2013 season, a season filled with anticipated dominance on the diamond. So far things have not gone to plan as the Jays are slumped one game out of the basement of American League East showing no signs of life.

The two best Jays players are sidelined with injuries with no return in sight for Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista poised for a disabled list stint with back spasms. The Jays are having trouble generating any offense, especially at home where they are 3-for-49 with runners in scoring position.

The Jays roster is built for speed, but it is difficult to play that type of game when you are constantly down runs early and behind the eight ball. Speedster Emilio Bonifacio has yet to steal a base with his new team batting .200 with 16 strikeouts.

The team is ranked 4th in the American League in strikeouts with 117, with Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia ranked 1st and 2nd in the American League, respectively with a combined 43 whiffs.

The pitching appears to have turned the corner with better outings from R.A Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, however, you can’t win games if you don’t score runs. The Jays are fifth last in runs scored with 54 on the season, but adversely ranked second in runs allowed with 81, one run off the Houston Astros league lead of 82 surrendered.

So who will step up? The return of Brett Lawrie has done little to spark a resurgence in the troops. Munenori Kawasaki has instantly become a fan favorite for his style of play and quirkiness, but cannot be expected to lead the Jays to the promise land.

It appears the Jays will need a collaborative effort to put the Jays back in the win column on a consistent basis.

Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCornerFacebook, and Google Plus.

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