The Toronto Blue Jays are coming off of their most impressive win of the season, as they came back from a seven-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7. Most people will remember the game for J.P. Arencibia’s two-run home run in the top of the ninth with two strikes and two outs, but it wouldn’t have got to that point if it were not for a pinch-hit two-run homer from veteran Mark DeRosa.
During limited action, DeRosa has been one of the, if not the best Blue Jays this season. The 38-year-old is fifth on the team in both home runs (3) and RBIs (11) with only 40 plate appearances in 17 games. The former World Series winner has found his swing again in Toronto.
Before this year, he had not hit a home run since 2010, when he finished the year with just one. This season, he has more dingers than his previous four years combined.
Amidst his play of late, it would not be a surprise if DeRosa started to find himself in the starting lineup more often. He’s very versatile and can play third base, second base, and anywhere in the outfield. If he continues to play the way he has been of late, John Gibbons will have no choice but to get him in more games.
A few weeks ago when the Jays were in the midst of their worse losing streak in recent memory, it wasn’t Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, or Adam Lind who called a player’s meeting to settle the team down. It was the newly-acquired DeRosa who took control of the clubhouse. His leadership has been noticed around the team, and it looks as though things are starting to work in the right direction for the Jays.
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