TORONTO - The U.S. space agency (NASA) describes black holes as a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can’t get out.
There’s also a baseball version of the black hole and the Jays have one. It’s the bottom of their batting order, and it had been pulling them down big-time. It’s not gravity, just poor performance at the plate, preventing the club from putting any space between themselves and their AL East rivals.
Check the Jays batting order any given night the past couple of weeks and, offensively, it has been a nightmare. It some ways, it’s a miracle that the Jays have a winning record (11-9).
Here are the batting averages of three Blue Jays regulars who have more or less hit near the bottom of the lineup — Colby Rasmus (.191); Brett Lawrie (.135), Ryan Goins (.140), Jonathan Diaz (.179). Moises Sierra, who has played in eight games, is hitting .091. Sounds like the weight divisions of a high school wrestling team before the metric system kicked in.