Snider switch stalled
By Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency
|Jays outfielder Travis Snider is swinging a hot bat, but when it comes to defence, manager John Farrell is content to leave Rajai Davis in centre field. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters files)
Travis Snider continues to swing a hot bat.
In the 11 games he has played since he was recalled, the left fielder has hit safely in nine of them. Over that stretch he has gone 18-for-46 (.391) with nine doubles, one homer and 12 RBIs and has raised his average to .256 from .184.
Prior to his recall, Snider was getting starts at triple-A Las Vegas in centre field and at that time Jays manager John Farrell said that Snider could get some starts in that position with the Jays to see how he handled the position. The seed was being planted that perhaps Snider could take over that position in 2012.
But that now doesn’t seem to be the case. Farrell seems to be okay with the recent play of the inconsistent Rajai Davis in centre.
“There may be (some future starts in centre) and we’re open-minded to it but the fact is that Rajai not only has performed very well defensively, he’s still getting on base enough to where he’s been disruptive and we’re looking at every available tool offensively to use to our advantage,” Farrell said.
ON A SLIDE
It has been a rough July for rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia.
In the 11 games in which he has played, the right-handed hitter is 6-for-39 (a .154 average), with no homers, a double, and three RBIs.
FEEL FOR PITCHING
Right-hander Carlos Villanueva didn’t have one of his better starts on Sunday in suffering his second loss of the season, but one of his strengths he has shown Farrell since he became a starting pitcher has been his ‘feel’ for pitching, his ability to react to what the hitters show him. He doesn’t have the best stuff on the staff, but he makes the most of what he does have.
“He spends an awful lot of time studying the opponent and he reads swings very well when on the mound to give him the information needed for the next pitch selection,” Farrell said.
“It’s about being under control and having that in-game awareness to see some things from hitters’ reaction to the previous pitch. Carlos is one of those guys that has got a very good feel and ability to have that awareness.”