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Who’s Hot, Who’s Cold: Blue Jays Batters

Taking a look at the Jays offense over the last two weeks.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

It hasn’t been a fun May, Blue Jays are 6-10 so far this month.

Our batters are hitting .237/.311/.412. We’ve scored 4.25 runs per game.


Justin Smoak: .256/.396/.488, with 2 homers, 10 walks and 12 strikeouts, starting in 12 games.

Missed 4 games on Paternity Leave. Hasn’t gone on a home run hitting streak yet, but he’s getting on base. He’s on pace to hit more doubles than last year. We missed him on defense when he was gone for those 4 games.

Kevin Pillar: .313/.333/.438, 8 doubles, no homers, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts and 4 steals.

Started every game in CF. He’s been very consistent. He’s had 2 hits in 8 of the 16 games. He was hitting .308/.358/.494 at this time last year, almost exactly the same as his .308/.344/.509 line this year.

Luke Maile: .290/.389/.548 with 2 homers (and a triple), 5 walks and 13 strikeouts.

Played in 10 games, starting 8. He had the 2 home run game, with the walk-off homer.

Curtis Granderson: .185/.450/.296, 3 doubles, 11 walks, 14 strikeouts and 1 stolen base.

Started 8 games, coming into 4 other games. Played 9 games in left, 1 in right and pinch hit 4 times. He’s only had 2 hits in 1 game this month. He had 3 walks in two games. And he’s been hit by pitch twice. Not hitting but he’s getting on base, which is a good thing for a leadoff hitter.

Richard Urena: .333/.333/.533 with 1 homer, 0 walks and 5 strikeouts.

Played in 8 games, starting 3. Only 15 at bats, but he’s done well in them.


Russell Martin: .176/.300/.412, with 2 homers, 5 walks and 9 strikeouts starting in 10 of 16 games.

Russell started 8 games at catcher, 2 at third and played an inning of SS. He’s had 6 hits, 3 of them in one game. I thought he looked very good at third base.

Yangervis Solarte: .235/.265/.382 with 2 homers, 3 walks and 11 strikeouts.

Started all 16 games. 10 starts at second, 3 at third and 2 at DH. He had a few innings at first base too. It might be an idea to give him a day or two off. He had 14 walks in April, just 3 so far in May.

Kendrys Morales: .130/.216/.283 with 2 home runs (both in the same game), 5 walks and 10 strikeouts.

Here’s an interesting split, he’s hitting .244/.333/.512 in Blue Jays wins. I guess if Kendrys can hit a pitcher anyone can.

Josh Donaldson: .228/.286/.439 with 2 home runs, 5 walks and 22 strikeouts.

He’s played in 14 of the 16 games, 11 at third, 3 as DH. Hit his 2 home runs his first day back from the DL. He’s striking out a lot. I don’t know what’s going on with him.

Teoscar Hernandez: .238/.269/.444, with 3 homers, 2 walks, 17 strikeouts, 2 steals and 1 caught stealing.

Started all but one of the games, missing last night’s with a sore back. He had a 1.054 OPS in April, .713 so far in May. Not really a terrible line, but he’s dropped off a lot.

Lourdes Gurriel: .158/.179/.263, 1 home run, 1 walk and 13 strikeouts.

Played in 11 games and started 10. Started 5 games at 2B and 5 games at short. He had 3 hits in one game and 3 hits in the other 10.

Anthony Alford: .143/.250/.143, 2 walks, 6 strikes, 1 steal.

Played in 7 games and started 5, and then was sent to the minors. I wish the team would pick a 4th outfield and stick with him, instead of trying one for a couple of games and then going to the next.

Also played

Dalton Pompey: .200/.273/.200 in 1 walk and 6 strikeouts.

Played in 5 games, 2 starts.

Dwight Smith Jr.: .400/.400/.700, 1 k.

Played in 5 games, starting 2. He has looked good in limited work.

Gio Urshela: .143/.143/.143, 0 walks, 3 k.

Played in 3 games, starting 2. 7 PA.

On the DL

Aledmys Diaz: .350/.435/.750 with 2 homers, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts.

Played in 7 games this month before hitting the DL. The team said he was running on an anti gravity treadmill (I’m imaging a treadmill that flies through the air), but I haven’t heard of a rehab assignment yet.

Randal Grichuk: Hasn’t started a rehab assignment yet.

Steve Pearce: Went on the DL after playing 1 game this month. Oblique strain. Still hasn’t started a rehab assignment.