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Farrell not concerned with early offensive woes

Farrell not concerned with early offensive woes

Farrell not concerned with early offensive woes
TORONTO -- Manager John Farrell is not concerned about his team's early struggles at the plate and actually sees a lot of positives, despite the fact the Blue Jays are near the bottom of the league in many offensive categories.

"We're seven games in -- guys' timing is starting to become a little more consistent," Farrell said.

Toronto entered Saturday's contest against Baltimore with the lowest OBP (.272) in the American League and the second-lowest batting average (.204) and OPS (.615), but Farrell doesn't think it's affecting his players' psyche.

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"It's constant maintenance," Farrell said. "The numbers at the beginning of the year can be magnified because you're starting at zeros, but I wouldn't say pressing at all.

"We've been efficient when we've got guys on base. ... I think we've run the bases exceptionally well. We've had some good situational hitting, some timely hitting."

Farrell believes that the important thing to look at is what his club is doing once it gets runners on, and early on, the Blue Jays have capitalized in that area.

Toronto has the second-highest average in the AL with runners in scoring position at .321, which has propelled it toward the top of the league in runs scored. The Blue Jays are tied with the Red Sox and Yankees for third in the league in runs, behind only the Tigers and Rangers.

"I think that's a lot to be said for what we do once we get on the basepaths and be opportunistic and take advantage of situations," Farrell said. "Runs are still the most important thing. I think for the vast majority of the seven games, defensively we've handled the ball very well, and that's allowed us to not only execute in critical spots, but give us the opportunity to score one run late to be the difference in some games."

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