Shapiro expects more from Blue Jays’ struggling offence

Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro joined Prime Time Sports to discuss the MLB Draft that begins on Thursday night and how important it is for the team to do well by it.

Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro isn’t stressing about his team’s struggling offence, but that will change if they don’t turn it around soon.

Thanks to a starting rotation that ranks among the best in baseball, the Blue Jays are within striking distance of the division lead heading into a four-game set with the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles. But after a year in which the Blue Jays were far and away the best hitting team in the majors, Shapiro expects more from his team’s scuffling offence.

“Feeling like we’re doing fine, but we’re not hitting the way we should hit and producing runs the way we should,” Shapiro said during an interview on Prime Time Sports Thursday afternoon. “It’s likely that we’ll have some regression of starting pitching at some point because our starting pitching has just been spectacular.”

Despite the dip in production this year, Shapiro is confident the Blue Jays will turn it around at the plate.

“As long as we hit, and I think we will because of the track record and the great hitters we have on this team … We’re going to be fine and we’re going to be in this thing until the very end,” Shapiro added. “However, if we don’t see some improvement of our hitting, it could get tougher for us down the road.”

Heading into play on Thursday, the Blue Jays rank 17th in MLB with 255 runs scored and are on pace to finish with 677. Through 61 games last season, the Blue Jays had scored 325 runs en route to finishing with an MLB-best 891 — 127 more than the next best team. Toronto also ranks 26th in team average (.234) in 2016 after finishing second in baseball at .269 in 2015.

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