TORONTO -- A lot has been made of the Blue Jays' all-or-nothing approach on offense this season. Toronto's lineup leads the Majors in home runs (59) and extra-base hits (164), but ranks near the bottom in batting average and on-base percentage.
Blue Jays hitting coach Dwayne Murphy wants to make it clear that his hitters are not stepping up to the plate and trying to launch long balls. He said the high power numbers are simply a product of good swings and approach.
"Everybody's kind of harping about home runs," Murphy said. "These guys aren't trying to hit home runs. They're just trying to put a good swing on the ball, and they're having good results out of it. You hear so much, 'It's home run or nothing,' but that's not what's happening.
"When you're up there looking for a certain pitch and you get it, you have an easier chance to hit it if you square it up. These guys aren't trying to hit home runs. They're just barreling it up, and it's going out of the ballpark."