After belting another three home runs against the Tampa Bay Rays on Memorial Day, the Toronto Blue Jays are beginning to show signs of resembling the 2010 batting order that made their mark with the long ball. That lineup managed to hit an impressive 257 home runs, which is tied for third best all-time in MLB history.
The most impressive part of the Jays’ current hot streak not only involves the top and middle of the batting order, it also involves those toward the bottom as they have been able to produce as well. Dioner Navarro and Steven Tolleson hit back-to-back jacks off Rays pitching on Tuesday night.
Although he can be considered as part of the ‘meat of the order’ as of right now, when Adam Lind makes his way back into the lineup, Navarro will fill in nicely in the seventh or eighth spot of the order. With Tolleson going deep for the Jays as well, they are proving that they have what it takes to thrive on the long ball on a consistent basis as the season progresses.
After 52 games in 2014, the Jays are on pace to hit in and around 227 home runs before they are all said and done with game number 162. If Edwin Encarnacion continues his current offensive onslaught on whatever pitching he seems to go up against and Jose Bautista begins to follow suit, there’s no reason to believe that the Jays can’t take a stab at breaking the team’s all-time home run record. They really do possess that type of pop.
With 110 games to go in the season, the Jays still have some work to do if they want to become the franchise’s most impressive home run-hitting lineup. Consistency is key and unexpected great performances are necessary in order to put up the numbers the Jays have enjoyed in May. With the Jays looking well-balanced up and down the order, whether bench players are involved or not, this club will perhaps enjoy the sights and sounds of the long ball more than any other Jays team in history.