CHICAGO -- Travis Snider has shown plenty of signs of life with his bat of late for the Blue Jays, and one positive trend has been the young outfielder's production against left-handed pitchers.
"Some of the hardest balls he's hit this year have been off left-handers," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "I see him getting around on pitches he wasn't getting around on last year. He's staying [back] a little bit longer on the changeup, too."
During Friday's 7-4 win over the White Sox, the left-handed Snider went 2-for-3 against Chicago lefty Mark Buehrle. Entering Saturday, Snider was hitting .368 (7-for-19) against lefties, compared to .200 (15-for-75) against right-handers. Last year, Snider hit .225 (9-for-40) against southpaws.
Overall, Snider has hit at a .467 clip over his past eight games with eight extra-base hits (two home runs and six doubles). During that time period, Snider's season average has climbed from .125 to .234.