The title is from a Van Morrison song, Underlying Depression, which pretty much sums up how what our offense has been this month.
In the month of June our batting line was .221/.293/.367. We scored 3.08 runs a game and hit 26 home runs. Quite a drop from the .258/.318/.493 from May, scoring 5.65 runs per game and 54 total home runs. We knew we could keep hitting like that but did we have to drop so far?
John Buck: .263/.289/.500, with 5 home runs and 14 RBI. So pretty much the way he's hit all year long. He had all of 3 walks in June. Best slugging average on the team for the month.
Jose Molina: .353/.450/.471, no home runs or RBI. He only had 17 at bats in the month. I'm really all for giving him a little more playing time.
Lyle Overbay: .282/.378/.376. 0 HR, 4 RBI. Better batting average but no power at all. I can't see any reason not to try him in the 2 spot. He might say he doesn't like hitting there but he isn't driving in runs at all. Why not see if he can score some. I'd say trade him but I can't imagine the Jays aren't trying to.
Aaron Hill: .198/.264/.347, 3 HR, 10 RBI. The sad news, that .198 is his best of the three months so far. His OBP was the worst of the 3 months.
Alex Gonzalez: .261/.313/.432, 3 HR, 8 RBI. His average recovered a bit from May but still not slugging like it did in April. RBI by month, 19, 13, 8...what is the next number in this sequence? GDP by month, 0, 2, 7. I don't want to know the next number in the sequence.
John McDonald: .091/.091/.400, 1 HR, 5 RBI. Not really fair to mention, since he only had 11 at bats, but I thought I'd point out he had one more RBI than Lyle in June.
Edwin Encarnacion: .167/.286/.313, 2 HR, 4 RBI.
Fred Lewis: .279/.344/.372, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 11 runs, 1 steal. He didn't have the amazing numbers he had in May (.333/.366/.561).
Vernon Wells: .240/.291/.490, 6 HR, 11 RBI. His worst month so far but really wasn't all that bad. Hope July is better.
Jose Bautista: .179/.324/.369, 4 HR, 9 RBI. His worst month of the year as well. He had the same number of hits as walks (15). Likely messed up his chance at playing in the All-Star game. Also screwing up the trade value he was building.
Adam Lind: .156/.216/.233, 1 HR, 8 RBI. Worst month of a poor season. July has to be better, doesn't it? The question is how long can he keep the average over .200. It is .203 at the moment. I don't know what's going on with him.