Revere breaks out, puts dangerous speed on display
By Jamie Ross
TORONTO -- As Blue Jays manager John Gibbons aptly put it, Ben Revere couldn't get on base when he first arrived in Toronto. Now the opposition can't get him out.
After going hitless in his first four games in a Blue Jays uniform, Revere recorded multihit efforts on Wednesday and Thursday, including in a three-hit night in a big, 9-3 victory over the Twins at Rogers Centre in the series finale.
It's appears the team's new left fielder has finally settled in.
"Before, people thought I was pressing. That wasn't the case. I was hitting good pitches, just wasn't finding the hits. Lately I've been getting some balls to drop," Revere said after going 3-for-4 with three runs to help the Blue Jays to a series sweep and their eighth win in their last nine games.
Revere joined the Blue Jays at the Trade Deadline, taking over left field from the trio of Danny Valencia, Ezequiel Carrera and Chris Colabello, which often left the team defensively vulnerable. Not only has Revere brought stability to the outfield, but his dynamic presence on the base paths has filled another gap left by the departure of former leadoff man Jose Reyes.
"He adds a different element to our lineup," Gibbons said. "That's kinda what Reyes was. Ben's like that. He can wreak havoc on the bases."
Those skills were put on display throughout Thursday's finale. Revere singled three times, highlighted by a fifth-inning bunt that saw the speedy 27-year-old dart from first to third on an errant throw by Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe, bringing the Rogers Centre crowd to its feet as the he rounded second and dove into third base with a headfirst slide.
Revere finished the series against the Twins with five hits in his last seven at-bats. He's known as a contact hitter, and if he's able to consistently reach base, his presence will be an endless thorn in the opposing pitcher's side, Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle said.
"He's a pain in the [backside]," Buehrle said of the team's No. 9 hitter. "He puts the ball in play and when he does get on base, he's a pain. He can steal bases, go first to third. I don't like guys like that because you focus on them when they're on first base. You can't concentrate on the hitter."
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.