Base Running, Not Leadoff Should be Blue Jays focus
IF THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS ARE GOING TO IMPROVE IN 2016, THEY NEED TO LOOK AT HOW THEY USE THE SPEED THEY HAVE TO THEIR ADVANTAGE.
For a lot of the winter, there has been a great deal of attention paid to just who will lead off for the Blue Jays in 2016. With the exit of Ben Revere in the trade that brought in Drew Storen, the debate has gone in several different directions. Some are firmly in the camp that Kevin Pillar be given a chance to put his contact skills to use. Others feel that the club should go with giving their best hitters the most at bats, thus slotting Troy Tulowitzki in the 1st spot. We should also acknowledge that there are others still who think this debate has reached annoying levels and have removed themselves from it completely.
I happen to be in a different group. The Blue Jays have an unusual offense in that they will score an obscene amount of runs. In 2015, they scored 891 runs, which was by far the best in the league. Traditional wisdom tells you that a club needs to have a traditional leadoff guy who has speed and gets on base. But, on this team, this Blue Jays lineup, perhaps, that issue doesn’t really matter much. What is more important is the ability to be smart on the base paths.