As John Gibbons said Monday, the 2017 edition of the Toronto Blue Jays “could never get on a roll.” Finishing the regular season 76-86 and failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2014 means it will be an interesting winter for the team. “I think we need to inject something a little bit different in there,” Gibbons told Jeff Blair and Stephen Bunt on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “There’s only so much to do with teams that you think are still good. I think we’ve still got a pretty good team here. If you’re coming off a successful year usually there’s a little tinkering but you don’t always want to get too carried away there. “When you’re coming off a tough year you definitely gotta change the faces sometimes. That’s my opinion.” No American League team scored fewer runs than the Blue Jays this season (they finished first in 2015 and fifth in 2016) and the San Diego Padres were the only teams in the majors with a lower batting average. “We need to add a little bit more offence,” Gibbons said. “I still like the left-handed look, especially when your group of core guys are right-handed for the most part.” It’s a similar message to the one Gibbons laid out following his team’s two recent ALCS runs—he wants more balance in his lineup, more speed and potentially more youth.
John Gibbons: Blue Jays need to inject something different into lineup
Sportsnet | Oct 2