Club scoring plenty despite lack of consistency

Club scoring plenty despite lack of consistency

Club scoring plenty despite lack of consistency
BALTIMORE -- The Blue Jays' offense has yet to find its bearings this season, but is doing a pretty good job of treading water.

Entering Wednesday, Toronto ranked fourth in the American League with 83 runs despite having not received the expected results from the heart of its lineup through the first 17 games.

"We're still finding out rhythm offensively, yet we're fourth in the league in runs scored and we haven't even yet, I think, clicked for any stretch of games," manager John Farrell said.

"Runs are still the most important thing and yet I'd like to think when the middle of the order becomes a little bit more consistent in the overall production, we've got a chance to make some additional noise."

Jose Bautista is searching for prolonged success at the plate and despite drawing 14 walks, he entered play on Wednesday batting just .200 with three home runs.

The same could be said for Eric Thames, Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus, who have all shown glimpses of the high-end talent they possess, but have yet to put it all together in a collective effort.

Despite some of the prolonged struggles, the Blue Jays ranked sixth in on-base percentage (.320), 8th in on-base percentage plus slugging (.720) and have been somewhat saved by a .341 average with runners in scoring position.

"It ebbs and flows a little bit," Farrell said of his club's offense. "I think there are times when guys come to the plate, we're in a one-run game and one swing of the bat can turn the scoreboard over, you might see that become a little bit bigger with the swing at times.

"But I think the fact is that we've drawn the third-most walks in the American League, we're doing some things to build innings and create opportunities."