Entire lineup clicking during win streak
No. 9 hitter Goins racks up 5 RBIs in Toronto's 11th straight victory
BOSTON -- The Blue Jays' offense has been one of the best in baseball all season, but the numbers they have been putting up during their 11-game winning streak have become borderline ridiculous.
Toronto has averaged eight runs per game during the recent stretch, with the latest outburst coming in a 13-5 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. The club scored 31 runs during the three-game series at Fenway Park, and over the last 11, the Blue Jays have scored fewer than five runs just once.
The main reason for all of the success has been the eye-popping numbers with runners in scoring position. During the winning streak, the Blue Jays have hit .473 (44-for-93) in those situations.
"When teams struggle, it's usually because they're not hitting with runners in scoring position," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Baseball now, for some reason, they don't put a lot of emphasis on RBIs, but RBIs are when you're hitting with runners in scoring position, so maybe they ought to adjust that."
The Blue Jays have tallied at least six runs in 18 of their last 20 victories and have outscored their opponents 160-68 over that span. Overall, Toronto has outscored its opposition by 71 runs, which is the highest total in the American League. Toronto's 356 runs lead the Majors, 65 more than the second-place Yankees.
The contributions have come from almost every spot in the batting order. Jose Reyes has an 11-game hitting streak (.362, 17-for-47), Josh Donaldson has reached base safely in 17 of his last 18 (28-for-47 with three doubles, eight homers and 17 RBIs), and Jose Bautista has reached base in 22 of last 23 (six doubles, five homers, 18 RBIs and 17 walks).
Even the light-hitting Ryan Goins got into the action on Sunday afternoon with his third multi-hit game of the Boston series. In the series finale, all nine members of the starting lineup had at least one hit, and Bautista was the only player not to reach base at least twice.
Toronto has now tied its franchise record with 11 consecutive wins, which had been done three times before. The Blue Jays during the streak are hitting .312 with a .518 slugging percentage and 18 homers. When Toronto has been presented with an opportunity, there haven't been too many times the club has come up empty-handed.
"Honestly, I think everybody is coming here every day knowing that we're going to win," said Goins, who went 2-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs batting from the No. 9 spot Sunday.
"You put that with having the best one through six [hitters] probably in the whole league. It makes it easy being the 7-8-9, we're just trying to have good at-bats and trying to turn the lineup back over for the big boys."