If nothing else good comes of this 10-game road trip up and down the west coast, it’s quite possible the Blue Jays might be witnessing the coming of age of Brett Lawrie.
In the later stages of a season of adversity that has tested Lawrie in ways that he’s probably never been tested before, there are signs that he is starting to find himself.
Through eight games of this 10-game road trip, Lawrie was 12-for-29 with a pair of home runs, a .414 batting average, a .433 OBP and a 1.192 OPS. While his season’s batting average is still a mediocre .233, as recently as July 22, he was under .200 with a .620 OPS.
Since then, he has added 35 points to his batting average, 100 points to his OPS, three homers and eight RBI. Beyond that, he has once again looked like a Gold Glover at third base, vacuuming up most everything that comes his way and starting some tough double plays.