Our weekly look at each of the Red Sox’ opponents in the AL East surveys the Toronto Blue Jays, who are still waiting for a promising young left fielder to take that next step.
A year after one of their quality young bats, Adam Lind, suffered a season-long slump against left-handers, the Blue Jays are seeing another one go through the same thing early on.
Travis Snider is 1-for-16 with six strikeouts against lefties. The struggles have given Juan Rivera a few starts in left, but he has been just as bad. Rivera ended Sunday batting .137 overall with zero extra-base hits in 15 games.
Of course, Snider hasn’t been much better vs. right-handers. He is a .193 hitter with no home runs in those situations. It all adds up to a meager line that has Toronto ranked last in all of baseball in terms of hits and runs out of its left field position.
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