General manager Ross Atkins gave a vote of confidence on Wednesday afternoon to a struggling Blue Jays lineup that was supposed to be one of the best in the major leagues and, through six weeks of the season, has yet to live up to the hype.
The results after 38 games haven’t been there, but Atkins still likes what he sees. He trusts the track records of those who haven’t produced, believes in the process they’re going through to turn things around, and feels like it’s only a matter of time before the lineup breaks out.
That didn’t happen a few hours later as the Jays put up another dud in a 5-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners. This supposedly powerful lineup ranks 23rd in the majors with 140 runs, 18th with a .679 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, and only the Pittsburgh Pirates have performed worse with runners in scoring position than the Jays’ average of .190.
“Obviously we’ve seen some frustration from them, and they know that we have some guys that aren’t performing quite to the levels they performed in the past, but it is early,” Atkins told reporters while sitting inside the home dugout at Rogers Centre. “I know that’s not exciting to hear, but for me what’s exciting to think about is what’s ahead because of the potential … Their preparation is exactly where we want it.”
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