By Shi Davidi, Sportsnet.ca, May 16, 2017
TORONTO – Justin Smoak stopped being so hard on himself. Kevin Pillar developed a more effective plan at the plate. Ryan Goins found ways to slow himself down. Over the past few weeks those small changes have played large for the Toronto Blue Jays, who have undone much of the damage from their dreadful start, in no small part, thanks to the trio’s production amid a potentially debilitating spate of injuries.
“There’s more maturity in their approach,” says hitting coach Brook Jacoby. “Not every pitch thrown up there is ‘mine,’ they’re looking for pitches in areas, looking for off-speed pitches, whatever it may be.