Comparing 1993 Jays offence to 2015 Jays offence

 Hal of Famers Robbie Alomar and Paul Molitor finished . behind teammate John Olerud in the 1993 AL batting race. The 1993 Blue Jays ran the bases and hit for average and the 2015 Jays mashed. The better offensive team?. 

Hal of Famers Robbie Alomar and Paul Molitor finished . behind teammate John Olerud in the 1993 AL batting race. The 1993 Blue Jays ran the bases and hit for average and the 2015 Jays mashed. The better offensive team?. 

By Bob Elliott

So which is the better offensive team?

The 1993 World Series champions who had a batting champ (John Olerud) and three inductees into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown (Ricky Henderson, Robbie Alomar and Paul Molitor)?

Or Brook Jacoby’s Bombers with seven sluggers with 10 or more homers (Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki, Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak)?

“This one’s better,” said Alomar from Manhattan after the Blue Jays blanked the New York Yankees 6-0 Saturday afternoon moving to 2 1/2 games of first place in the American League East.

Really?

“Yep, we’re not playing any more, the 1993 team is all retired,” said Alomar, owner of quick hands, quick feet, quick hands and on Saturday a quick wit.

The memory bank might have memories of Joe Carter slugging, Devon White lining balls into the gap, Olerud winning the batting title, followed by Molitor and Alomar, plus Henderson starting the game-winning rally in Game 6 of the World Series.

Yet, the numbers show for the 1993 season show that the Jays led the AL in Runs per game slugging (.436) while scoring 5.23 runs per game, when the league average was 4.71 and the average ERA was 4.32. The Detroit Tigers score more runs than the Jays in 1993.

While that team had more HOFers, this year’s Jays has more depth leading in on-base (.333), slugging (.446) and OPS (.779) while scoring an average of 5.31 runs per game. The average runs per game mark is 4.27 while the League ERA is 3.92. 

So, this team is scoring more than the league average in an era when they are facing better pitching.

“This lineup has more power than we did,” said Pat Hentgen from Shelby Township, Mich. “but White, Alomar, Molitor and Henderson had better speed. The base running advantage would go to the older team.

“Both teams have real deep lineups. We had Ed Sprague who became a 20-homer guy hitting eighth. This year’s team has a great hitter in Kevin Pillar eighth. This team is intimidating for an opposing pitcher, explosive.” 

The top five spots in the 1993 lineup batted a collective .297 (best in the majors that year) and slugged .480 (second to the San Francisco Giants .482), with 112 home runs (fifth in majors).

This season, coming into Saturday afternoon, the Jays’ top five was batting .261 (19th in majors) and slugging .469 (tops in the majors), with 106 home runs (also tops in the majors).

Each top five contains a key addition at the deadline:

The team that beat the Chicago White Sox and then the Philadelphia Phillies in post-season play had Rickey Henderson, acquired from the Oakland A’s,  White, Molitor, Carter and Olerud ... with Alomar hitting sixth.

This group has Tulowitzki, who general manager Alex Anthopoulos acquired from the Colorado Rockies, leading off, followed by Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion and either Colabello or Smoak ... with Martin hitting sixth.

After 112 games Martin has a better OPS than Pat Borders, Bautista beats Carter in right, Donaldson over Sprague, Pillar over White in centre and Tulowitzki over Fernandez at short. The team with the rings wins with Olerud at first, Alomar at second and Molitor at DH.

“This is more of a power house, our lineup we could produce runs, but this is more powerful,” Alomar said. “Alex has done what we needed to be done, he knew that when there is a time to go, you go for it go for it. Those chances don’t always come twice.

“I feel honored he gave me a shout to ask about a couple of things. Adding these players ... this is what everyone wanted.”

The most productive position in the 1993 lineup was the No. 5 spot where Olerud batted .350 with a 1.019 OPS, where as this year it is the No. 2 hole where Donaldson has hit .299 with a .974 OPS. 

Besides Donaldson’s spot, this year’s team has an advantage at the Nos. 7-thru-9 spots. 

“I respect both teams,” said Alomar as the Yellow cabs honked in the background on a Saturday in New York “this team has a chance to do things we did in 1992-93.”

We can compare offences from now until Game 162.

But there is no comparing the post-seasons ... not yet anyway.

1993
AL average Blue Jays

Runs per game 4.71 5.23
Average .267 .279
Homers 148 159
On-base mark .337 .350
Slugging .408 .436*
OPS .745 .780
(League ERA average 4.32)

2015
AL average Blue Jays

Runs per game 4.27 5.31
Average .254 .264
Homers 114 149
On-base .315 .333*
Slugging .406 .446*
OPS .721 .779*
(League ERA average 3.92)
(* Denotes either led league or leading league)

Production throughout the batting order
1993 Avg. OPS 2015 Avg. OPS

1. .264 .774 .262 .709
2. .282 .792 .299 .974
3. .337 .918 .240 .869
4. .257 .819 .248 .778
5. .350 1.019 .253 .694
6. .282 .787 .272 .787
7. .258 .694 .256 .713
8. .244 .641 .283 .788
9. .236 .664 .263 .679

2015 Toronto Blue Jays Batting vs. 1993 Blue Jays Batting

2015 Statistics Through First 112 games (AL Average runs per game average: 4.265) == Stats provided by Neil Munro, Gerry Fraley.

Pos Name Age G PA AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB IBB SO BA OBP SLG OPS GDP HBP SH SF
C Russell Martin 32 95 377 330 58 84 152 19 2 15 50 4 4 36   74 .255 .337 .461 .797 14 7   4
1B Justin Smoak 28 88 200 180 26 41 81 8 1 10 35     20   55 .228 .305 .450 .755 9      
2B Devon Travis 24 62 239 217 38 66 108 18   8 35 3 1 18   43 .304 .361 .498 .859 4 2   1
SS Jose Reyes 32 69 311 288 36 82 111 17   4 34 16 2 17   38 .285 .322 .385 .708 3   4 2
3B Josh Donaldson 29 110 490 435 81 128 248 30   30 82 4   45   96 .294 .363 .570 .933 11 5 1 5
LF Chris Colabello 31 69 261 242 40 77 120 13   10 41 2   16   64 .318 .360 .496 .856 9 1   2
CF Kevin Pillar 26 111 438 408 53 107 152 20 2 7 39 15 3 21 1 62 .262 .300 .373 .672 5 2 4 3
RF Jose Bautista 34 105 453 371 72 88 187 20 2 25 77 5 2 71 2 69 .237 .360 .504 .864 14 4   7
DH Edwin Encarnacion 32 104 439 375 59 94 178 21   21 64 1 2 55 2 74 .251 .348 .475 .822 11 4   6
MI Ryan Goins 27 82 260 230 28 53 75 9 2 3 27   1 20   48 .230 .291 .326 .617 7 1 6 3
LF Danny Valencia 30 58 173 162 26 48 82 13   7 29 2 1 9   40 .296 .331 .506 .838 4   1 1
OF Ezequiel Carrera 28 70 164 147 23 41 55 5   3 21 2 1 9   36 .279 .327 .374 .701 1 2 5 1
UT Dioner Navarro 31 37 130 115 12 26 40 5   3 17     11 1 20 .226 .285 .348 .632       4
CF Dalton Pompey 22 23 91 83 10 16 28 6   2 6 2   6   22 .193 .264 .337 .601   2    
UT Steven Tolleson 31 19 45 41 9 11 18 5 1   3 2   4   9 .268 .333 .439 .772 1      
SS Troy Tulowitzki 30 11 49 42 12 11 22 2   3 6 1   5   9 .262 .367 .524 .891   2    
  Team Totals   112 4257 3783 595 997 1685 215 10 151 574 59 18 375 6 775 .264 .332 .445 .777 96 31 25 40

2015 Projected Blue Jays Season Ending Stats

Pos Name Age G PA AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB IBB SO BA OBP SLG OPS GDP HBP SH SF
C Russell Martin 32 137 545 4776 84 122 222 28 3 22 72 6 6 52   107 .255 .336 .464 .801 20 10   6
1B Justin Smoak 28 127 289 260 38 59 118 12 1 15 51     29   80 .227 .304 .454 .758 13      
2B Devon Travis 24 81 311 282 49 86 139 23   10 45 4 1 23   56 .305 .362 .493 .855 5 3   1
SS Jose Reyes 32 69 311 288 36 82 111 17   4 34 16 2 17   38 .285 .322 .385 .708 3   4 2
3B Josh Donaldson 29 159 709 629 117 185 357 43   43 119 6   65   139 .294 .363 .568 .931 16 7 1 7
LF Chris Colabello 31 100 378 350 60 111 175 19   15 59 3   23   93 .317 .358 .500 .858 13 1   3
CF Kevin Pillar 26 161 634 590 77 155 220 29 3 10 56 22 4 30 1 90 .263 .300 .373 .673 7 3 6 4
RF Jose Bautista 34 152 655 537 104 129 272 29 3 36 111 7 3 103 4 100 .240 .363 .507 .869 20 6   10
DH Edwin Encarnacion 32 150 635 542 85 136 256 30   30 93 1 3 80 3 107 .251 .349 .472 .821 16 6   9
MI Ryan Goins 27 119 376 333 41 77 108 13 3 4 39   1 29   69 .231 .293 .324 .618 10 2 9 4
LF Danny Valencia 30 58 173 162 26 48 82 13   7 29 2 1 9   40 .296 .331 .506 .838 4   1 1
OF Ezequiel Carrera 28 70 164 147 23 41 55 5   3 21 2 1 9   36 .279 .327 .374 .701 1 2 5 1
UT Dioner Navarro 31 54 188 166 17 38 57 7   4 25     16 1 29 .229 .287 .343 .631       6
CF Dalton Pompey 22 33 132 120 15 23 41 9   3 9 3   9   32 .192 .265 .342 .607   3    
UT Steven Tolleson 31 19 45 41 9 11 18 5 1   3 2   4   9 .268 .333 .439 .772 1      
SS Troy Tulowitzki 30 59 247 222 46 64 109 12   11 33 1   19 1 49 .288 .351 .491 .842 6 3   1
  Projected Team Totals   162 6157 5472 861 1442 2437 311 14 218 830 85 26 542 9 1121 .264 .332 .445 .777 139 45 36 58

1993 Statistics Through First 112 games (AL Average runs per game average: 4.706)

Pos Name Age G PA AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB IBB SO BA OBP SLG OPS GDP HBP SH SF
C Pat Borders 30 96 360 340 28 83 122 18   7 37   2 10   44 .244 .268 .359 .626 10 2 5 3
1B John Olerud 24 110 473 385 71 151 255 42 1 20 86   1 78 27 44 .392 .493 .662 1.155 8 4   6
2B Roberto Alomar 25 107 479 421 81 134 196 21 4 11 58 36 14 50 4 53 .318 .392 .466 .858 11 3 2 3
SS Tony Fernandez 31 97 412 361 42 97 141 16 8 4 44 14 5 42   31 .269 .345 .391 .735 14 1 6 2
3B Ed Sprague 25 105 422 388 38 97 149 20 1 10 51     20 1 71 .250 .297 .384 .681 17 8 1 5
LF Rickey Henderson 34 5 24 20 4 6 8   1   2   1 3   1 .300 .375 .400 .775       1
CF Devon White 30 101 460 415 85 114 192 30 6 12 37 24 3 36 1 85 .275 .343 .463 .805 1 7 2  
RF Joe Carter 33 108 461 418 64 105 200 27 4 20 83 3 3 29 2 83 .251 .308 .478 .786 7 8   6
DH Paul Molitor 36 111 501 437 88 142 213 19 2 16 73 17 3 58   45 .325 .404 .487 .891 8 2 1 3
UT Darnell Coles 31 45 149 130 18 32 44 4 1 2 16   1 15   16 .246 .324 .338 .663 3 1 1 2
OF Turner Ward 28 32 82 72 5 13 25 1 1 3 28 1   8 1 12 .181 .272 .347 .619 2 1 1  
RF Darrin Jackson 29 46 189 176 15 38 61 8   5 19   2 8   53 .216 .250 .347 .597 9   5  
SS Dick Schofield 30 30 105 90 11 19 24 1 2   5 3   14   23 .211 .317 .267 .584 1   1  
C Randy Knorr 24 27 77 70 6 11 23 1 1 3 9     6   24 .157 .224 .329 .552 2   1  
SS Alfredo Griffin 35 30 75 71 9 17 20 3     3     2   7 .239 .260 .282 .542 2   2  
  Team Totals   112 4433 3941 584 1089 1710 215 32 114 565 101 38 388 36 620 .276 .344 .434 .778 100 38 34 32

1993 Blue Jays Season-Ending Stats

Pos Name Age G PA AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB IBB SO BA OBP SLG OPS GDP HBP SH SF
C Pat Borders 30 138 520 488 38 124 181 30   9 55 2 2 20 2 66 .254 .285 .371 .656 18 2 7 3
1B John Olerud 24 158 679 551 109 200 330 54 2 24 107   2 114 33 65 .363 .473 .599 1.072 12 7   7
2B Roberto Alomar 25 153 683 589 109 192 290 35 6 17 93 55 15 80 5 67 .326 .408 .492 .900 13 5 4 5
SS Tony Fernandez 31 94 390 353 45 108 156 18 9 4 50 15 8 31 3 26 .306 .361 .442 .803 13   5 1
3B Ed Sprague 25 150 596 546 50 142 211 31 1 12 73 1   32 1 85 .260 .310 .386 .696 23 10 2 6
LF Rickey Henderson 34 44 203 163 37 35 52 3 1 4 12 22 2 35 1 19 .215 .356 .319 .675 1 2 1 2
CF Devon White# 30 146 668 598 116 163 262 42 6 15 52 34 4 57 1 127 .273 .341 .438 .779 3 7 3 3
RF Joe Carter 33 155 669 603 92 153 295 33 5 33 121 8 3 47 5 113 .254 .312 .489 .802 10 9   10
DH Paul Molitor 36 160 725 636 121 211 324 37 5 22 111 22 4 77 3 71 .332 .402 .509 .911 13 3 1 8
UT Darnell Coles 31 64 217 194 26 49 72 9 1 4 26 1 1 16 1 29 .253 .319 .371 .691 3 4 1 2
OF Turner Ward# 28 72 198 167 20 32 52 4 2 4 28 3 3 23 2 26 .192 .287 .311 .599 7 1 3 4
RF Darrin Jackson 29 46 189 176 15 38 61 8   5 19   2 8   53 .216 .250 .347 .597 9   5  
SS Dick Schofield 30 36 128 110 11 21 26 1 2   5 3   16   25 .191 .294 .236 .530 1   2  
C Randy Knorr 24 39 112 101 11 25 44 3 2 4 20     9   29 .248 .309 .436 .745 2   2  
SS Alfredo Griffin 35 46 102 95 15 20 23 3     3     3   13 .211 .235 .242 .477 3   4  
  Team Totals   162 6319 5579 847 1556 2434 317 42 159 796 170 49 588 57 861 .279 .350 .436 .786 138 52 46 54