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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||395.00||15.00||.220||44.00||43.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Archer (Career)||5||3||1||1.200||.600||.600|
|vs RHP||16||2||0|| .300|| .188|| .125|
|Last 10 Games|
Justin Smoak, Dalton Pompey: New Blue Jays' turf will cost hits
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(4/14/15) The Blue Jays installed a new playing surface at Rogers Centre, and the turf plays slower than the previous one.
Dalton Pompey says he's already lost a hit, because an infielder reached his grounder up the middle, because the turf "just sucked it up", per MLB.com.
Justin Smoak agreed that the new home field will cost players hits. "I think a ball hit up the middle that would've ended up getting through is getting caught by shortstops for outs, and maybe in the past they wouldn't have been," he said.
Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak back in the lineup Monday
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/13/15) Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak will return to the lineup Monday, allowing Edwin Encarnacion to move to designated hitter and pushing Dioner Navarro to the bench, the team announced.
Smoak, who will hit sixth in the order, has started three games so far this season and is hitting .273 with a double in 12 plate appearances.
The Blue Jays are currently the favorites (-140) over the Rays Monday.
Blue Jays' Dioner Navarro in starting lineup Sunday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/12/15) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro is in the starting lineup Sunday, batting sixth and serving as the team's designated hitter against the Orioles.
It'll be the third start of the season for Navarro, who is 2 for 8 with a double and three RBI this season. Justin Smoak takes a seat Sunday after starting at first base the previous day.
The Blue Jays are underdogs (+100) against the Orioles in Baltimore Sunday.
Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak to make season debut
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/8/15) Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak will make his first start of the year Wednesday against the Yankees, batting eighth, allowing Edwin Encarnacion to move to designated hitter, reports SportsNet.
Smoak, who came in as a defensive replacement Monday, is hitting .250/.346/.353 in his career against the Yankees with two home runs and six RBI. The Yankees are the favorites (-125) over the Blue Jays Wednesday.
Steve Tolleson, Justin Smoak make Blue Jays' Opening Day roster
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/31/15) Even though he lost out to Devon Travis for the starting job at second base, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Tuesday infielder Steve Tolleson has earned a spot on the roster.
Gibbons also announced Justin Smoak will be on the Opening Day roster.
Tolleson hit .258 with two doubles, three home runs and six RBI in 16 spring games, while Smoak hit .196 with one double, four home runs and eight RBI in 20 spring games.
|2014 summary: Justin Smoak was one of the hottest pickups off the waiver wire when he went 6 for 13 with two home runs over his first three games. He needed 10 games to get his next six hits and from then on was pretty much back to normal, even getting sent to Triple-A for 56 games following a trip to the DL in June. He was great there, batting .337 with seven home runs and a .924 OPS in 205 at-bats, but would you expect any less from a 27-year-old former prospect in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League?|
Playing time status: Smoak's month lost to a strained quadriceps last year was one of three DL stints in his career, but none of the injuries were related. The bigger threat to his playing time is his lack of production. The Blue Jays, who claimed him off waivers this offseason, could make room for him at first base by moving Edwin Encarnacion to DH, but only if he proves he deserves it this spring.
2015 outlook: As a former top prospect still in the prime of his career, Smoak isn't exactly a lost cause, and the move from a pitcher's park, where he hit only .205 over his career, to a hitter's park may ultimately be what redeems him. But the more likely scenario is that he continues to underwhelm and becomes a bench player or full-time minor-leaguer soon enough. Leave him for AL-only leagues.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/21/15||BAL||7:07 pm||Bud Norris|
|4/22/15||BAL||7:07 pm||Ubaldo Jimenez|
|4/23/15||BAL||7:07 pm||Chris Tillman|
|4/24/15||@ TB||7:10 pm||Matt Andriese|
|4/25/15||@ TB||6:10 pm|| |
|4/26/15||@ TB||1:10 pm||Chris Archer|
|4/27/15||@ BOS||6:10 pm||Joe Kelly|