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Jays need to "steal" some homers

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There's been a lot of media emphasis on how the Blue Jays are running more aggressively on the bases this season.

There's nothing wrong with the idea, it's just playing the game the way it should be played, going first to third, second to home, stealing bases when it makes sense and stuff like that.

The Blue Jays used to use a balanced attack when they were contending for championships.

This year, they have more players capable of doing that and a couple of players who carried injuries last season are able to run better as well.

But in two close losses in a row to the Los Angeles Angels, including Sunday's 3-1 defeat, some of that good old home-to-home speed -- you know, the home-run trot -- would have been welcome.

There is nothing unaggressive about hitting a home run and there's no quicker way to score one or more runs.

And for all the talk about the running game, the Blue Jays have homered once in their four losses. They have nine homers in their five wins, including Jayson Nix's game-winner on Friday.

If you're going to emphasize the running game, it's also a good idea to be smart about it. Jose Bautista is one of Toronto's best weapons, a 54-home-run hitter last year who already has two despite missing three games.

But twice against the Angels, Bautista was picked off first. Both times, it was with cleanup hitter Adam Lind batting and he has been off to a good start at the plate.

No matter how you play the game an out is an out and no team can squander too many of them and expect to win.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGJustin Smoak , 1B.294
HRJustin Smoak , 1B24
RBIJustin Smoak , 1B59
OBPJustin Smoak , 1B.368
SLGJustin Smoak , 1B.569
RJose Bautista , RF59
SBKevin Pillar , CF12
WMarcus Stroman , SP9
ERAMarcus Stroman , SP3.10
WHIPMarcus Stroman , SP1.26
KMarco Estrada , SP115
SVRoberto Osuna , RP23

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