5 Best Toronto Blue Jays Since The All-Star Break
5 Toronto Blue Jays to Celebrate
Believe it or not, some Toronto Blue Jays players have been playing well. Since the All Star break ended and based on fWAR, I would say that the five best players have been batters. Though the bullpen had a stellar first half of the season, they began the second half by losing the strike zone and giving up runs in bunches. Five good bats were not enough to keep the team from six consecutive defeats.
Residing in the lineup, these five Blue Jays players' stats have been good - not great, but that seems to be the best the Blue Jays have given us for now. If these players would have all hit well during the same game, the Blue Jays might have more than ZERO wins. However, their numbers have been a dim glimmer of hope in what has been some of the worst baseball the Blue Jays have played in recent history.
These players' stats may look good, but the rest of the lineup has been playing so poorly that these five players got left on base unless they hit the ball over the fence. Everyone knows that it takes more than just the long balls over the wall to win games; so Blue Jays fans, these five guys are the players that have made a positive contribution to the Blue Jays team in the last six games. As a fellow super fan, I would recommend forgetting about the badness of the games and think about these performances instead.
Brett Lawrie on Defense
Brett Lawrie slots in at No. 5 on the list. Lawrie has gone 5-for-25 in the last six games for the Blue Jays. Playing in all six games, he hit a home run, batted in six RBI and came across the plate for five runs of his own. Lawrie did strike out four times, but he was able to draw three walks. This is great to see from a bottom of the lineup guy. The Blue Jays have been in need of an RBI producer in the bottom half of the lineup, and Lawrie has been that man so far in the second half.
Colby Rasmus with a Big Run
Colby Rasmus has hurt his fWAR severely by striking out seven times while taking only one walk in 21 at bats. He did have six hits, but none of those were home runs and he only had two RBI. As I wrote earlier this week, Rasmus is the man who needs to score base runners. He has a role to fill on this team, and the team needs him to jump into it immediately. The batters in front of him have been getting on base and it has been up to Rasmus to hit them in. What made Rasmus No. 4 if he has played so mediocre at the plate? Rasmus’ defense and ability to chase down most fly balls into center field is the best skill he has brought to the Blue Jays. It's tough to imagine how much worse the losses would have been if Rasmus had not been patrolling center field.
Jose Reyes with Good Contact
Jose Reyes has been the third best player and tied for the most hits (seven) in the past six games. Reyes has also been able to produce runs with his bat and his feet. He batted in five RBI while he crossed the plate four times himself. After missing most of the season with an ankle injury, this has to be the most encouraging sign for the Blue Jays. Reyes has been hitting and getting on base the way we fans had hoped to see him do all year long. The signs are there for him to carry this level of play into next season, and that is all I need to keep thinking good thoughts for the Blue Jays' future.
Mark DeRosa Quick Out of the Box
Yes, Mark DeRosa has been the Blue Jays' second best player in the past six games. It’s never a good sign when a utility infielder is listed this high on a list like this, however, DeRosa played well in the three games he appeared in and he deserves some recognition. Although he has 75 percent fewer at bats than the rest of the players on this list, DeRosa went 4-for-10 in three games played. He also walked twice, scored twice, had two RBI and did not strike out. This may be a very small sample size, but good play is good play and the Blue Jays need as much of that as they can get right now.
Jose Bautista with a Big Hit
Jose Bautista hits this list at No. 1. He has been the Blue Jays' best player in the first two series with in the second half of the season. Jose has been the “big bat that could” in the lineup. Bautista had seven hits in 29 at bats; three of those hits went over the wall and he scored five runs himself. The runs scored to home run ratio has demonstrated the problems that face this Blue Jays' lineup. The only way Bautista crossed the plate seemed to be via the long ball over the fence. Bautista along with Reyes have been getting on base, but so far there have been no other players that have hit them in.