Jays running wild

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:25 PM ET

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Blue Jays had their track team whirling around the bases a few days back against the Rays in Port Charlotte.

Led by speedster Anthony Gose, who had three steals, the Jays stole a total of nine bases. They have been running fools this spring, having racked up 17 stolen bases in 14 games. Last year in the regular season they totalled all of 58.

One of manager John Farrell’s goals is to have a more diversified offence, to not just rely on the home run, but if players aren’t gifted base runners they won’t be asked to steal bases. That would be stupid.

“Depending on what the final roster looks like, we have the ability to put together a lineup that’s going to have two guys that are well above-average base stealers (Rajai Davis and Scott Podsednik), that have proven track records with that,” Farrell said. “Depending on who ends up on the roster, could there be three of those type of guys, that’s a possibility (with the addition or Corey Patterson).

“On those days where it’s a day game after a night game (and certain players may get the day off) and you have a different lineup it (speed) gives you some flexibility to adjust your lineup and create some runs.”

That isn’t to say that Farrell will abandon the home run and extra-base potential that the lineup brings.

“We’re not trying to change the face of the offence per se, as it is a group of guys that has emerged as a power-hitting group,” he added. “We’re just trying to add another component to it so that we can have a little bit more of a drop-down menu from an offensive standpoint of how we can go ahead and attack an opponent or a very difficult pitcher.”


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