The Toronto Blue Jays Troy Tulowitzki needs to hit more than 70 points higher than his weight (204) to give his team a boost. The Blue Jays are scoring only 3.95 runs per game (91 runs in 23 games) and they have lost the balanced attack they had last year. The Jays are only getting consistent production from Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.
Manager John Gibbons could move Tulo to the leadoff spot, which give him a chance to get major protection from Donaldson and Jose. The move could give the struggling shortstop an opportunity to get more fast balls that he can crash. Michel Saunders can hit number five for the time being.
The Jays need an explosion of runs because the pitching staff has done a job by keeping the team in the game. They only give up 4.22 runs a game despite the bullpen struggling.
Tulo in the American League had 163 at bats last year and hit .239. This year has been worse with 73 at bats and 23 strike outs with a .192. He is expected to have at least 400 at bats hit over 20 homeruns with 85 runs batted in and hit for .280. He does have a .310 OBP because he has 12 walks.
Toronto is paying him 20 million dollars not to just be a very good defensive shortstop, but also contribute offensively. His improved offensive contributions can immediately help the presently under .500 Blue Jays team.
The contract situations for Jose and Edwin will become a bigger issue if the Jays don’t have a better record by the 40 game mark. Even though it is an 162 games season a good start to the season gives a team more leeway when injuries, slumps or trade deadline deals happen.
Should Tulo be a number 5 or lead off hitter for Jays?
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