Going into a three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates and knowing they were going to have to play without a DH, the Toronto Blue Jays had no choice but to shuffle their lineup. Much to his chagrin, Brett Lawrie was forced to play second base while the red hot Juan Francisco settled in at the hot corner due to the need of his big bat in the lineup. He himself may want to think otherwise, but this may not be Lawrie’s last stint up the middle of the diamond.
With Adam Lind slated to come off the disabled list as early as Wednesday of next week, the Jays may find themselves in the type of predicament that any major league team would most definitely embrace. If Francisco continues to swing a hot bat leading up to Lind’s return, John Gibbons will all of a sudden have a log jam at the DH position. That is, of course, if he decides to keep Francisco at third. Now, where does that leave the increasingly offensively threatening Lawrie?
By no means does Lawrie want to even consider playing second base, but in the end he may not have another choice. The Blue Jays are extremely weak at second when it comes to the minuscule amount of offense the position has produced so far this season. Along with that, Lawrie continues to swing a big stick while showing he has the type of range at third base that would allow him to play up the middle as well.
It makes sense for the Jays to put the best they have to offer on the field every single day, no matter what the discrepancy regarding the position may be. With a starting pitching rotation that fails to pitch deep into ballgames along with the Jays’ overrated bullpen, the ball club needs all the offense they can get. Moving Lawrie to second base assures them of just that. The Jays would get to keep a strong bat in Francisco in the lineup while improving at second base overall with the move of Lawrie. In the end, it’s a decision that Lawrie would have to suck up, but would quickly realize that it would pay dividends after all.