Against Texas, followed by Detroit (7-13) over the weekend, Toronto finished
the homestand with a 2-4 record. One of the big reasons was a .125 (7-for-56) batting average with runners in scoring position. The Jays scored a
total of 19 runs during the six-game stretch, for an average of
3.16 runs per game.
On Monday, the Jays (10-10) went 0-for-8 with runners in
scoring position. The team loaded the bases twice, but it was unable to score
"We've had at-bats where we've hit the ball hard, but it's just one of those [droughts] we're going to go through," Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay
said. "The numbers don't really show what's happening. I think we're
hitting the ball. We're having good at-bats. We're just not getting those
The Blue Jays' inability to drive in runners has also left the team
searching for one of its hitters to give the lineup a much-needed boost, someone to help carry the offense through its rough patch. After
Monday's game, it was clear the team hopes such a player will arrive in
Scott Rolen, the third baseman who is recovering a broken right middle finger.
The Jays acquired Rolen in a January trade that sent third baseman Troy
Glaus to the Cardinals. In Spring Training, however, Rolen suffered a non-displaced fracture of the middle finger on his right hand, which forced
him out of action. Rolen is currently on a rehab appearance in the Minor
Leagues, and if all goes well, he should be ready to join the team in the
"We haven't been scoring a ton of runs," Jays manager John Gibbons
said. "But we still like our offense. Rolen is not that far away. He'll give us
that boost along the way. But you hit those spells. That's just the way it
Overbay also mentioned the upcoming return of Rolen.
"Scott Rolen is going to bring a consistency, I think, more than anything," Overbay said. "He is going to hit his home runs, but it's just more of getting that base hit
up the middle. He does that real well."
Until the Blue Jays can find a consistent source of runs, the pressure will
fall on the pitching staff to keep opposing teams off the scoreboard. On
Monday, Toronto starter Shaun Marcum (2-1) was unable to do so. The righty was coming off three straight solid outings where he collected two wins.
Marcum struggled to locate his fastball and changeup against the Tigers, leading to a second inning in which Detroit brought 10 batters to the
plate and scored four runs.
"[The changeup has] been garbage the last couple of outings," said Marcum, "so I have to
get down to the bullpen and get that figured out.
"It's probably mechanics or I'm trying to do too much with it, trying to
make it too good instead of just throwing it for a strike and letting the
hitters get themselves out with it."
Marcum walked three batters in the second inning, and he was not helped by
two Toronto fielding errors behind him.
"I got in trouble early, walking some people," he said. "That's never a good thing. You're walking people, your pitch count is getting up and
you're putting people on base. You want to make them swing the bat. You don't want to help them out."