Colby Rasmus Has An Important Role On Toronto Blue Jays
The best player on the Toronto Blue Jays plays well enough to not make a difference.
Colby Rasmus is a 3.6 fWAR player, currently no. 1 on an underperforming Blue Jays team. As good as that sounds, most of that number comes from his excellent defensive play in center field and not from his offense. Rasmus has an important role in the Blue Jays lineup; he needs to produce from the bottom half.
He does not need to be the same hit machine as Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, and needs to be the guy that cashes in base runners. The recent futility that is Blue Jays baseball is not lacking base runners, but it is lacking timely hitting with runners on base.
In last night’s ugly 14-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Rasmus had a decent game, going 2-for-4 with one RBI. The problem lies in what that numbers don’t tell us — Melky Cabrera and Mark DeRosa hit in front of Rasmus, went a collective 5-for-8 and the outfielder only had one RBI to show it.
The Blue Jays can’t rely on J.P. Arencibia, who swings and misses everything, or Brett Lawrie, who is a mess at the plate right now. Rasmus can turn the Blue Jays around; he just needs to start producing in potential RBI situations.