The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a less than ideal start this season, and are currently tied for second in the American League East with a 7-7 record.
Despite the fact that there are 148 regular season games left in the year, there are already concerns surfacing over the reliability of the team’s bullpen, the uncharacteristically high number of team strikeouts, the struggles of Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin, and recently, who should hit leadoff.
Manager John Gibbons has stated that Kevin Pillar and Michael Saunders are the two leading candidates for the job, despite their terrible on-base percentage (OBP).
In light of this, let’s examine Pillar and Saunders, along with some other Blue Jays players that could arguably hit in that leadoff spot.
Here is a visual representation that analyzes the stats associated with the leadoff spot and the Jays Candidates.