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Revere Off to Slow Start with Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays added Ben Revere at the trade deadline, giving up two young relievers to get him. The early returns with his new team aren't great as Revere is hitting just .216 with Toronto. Revere returns to Philly tonight for a series between the Jays and Phils.

Last season, Ben Revere battled until late in the season to win a batting title. This season, his average wasn't at last year's level, but when the Phillies traded him to Toronto on July 31, he was hitting .298 with the Phillies. In his first 15 games with the Blue Jays, he's batting just .216 with just one RBI.

Granted, the sample size is small, but Revere was counted on to get on-base and give the big boppers in the lineup a chance to drive him in. His lack of plate discipline - he's walked just 21 times all season, two with Toronto - has his on-base percentage at .241 in his time with Toronto. Overall, the Jays have been playing well, having won eight of their last ten and sitting just one game behind the Yankees for top spot in the American League East. Ironically, since being traded, Revere has played just three of his 15 games with Toronto outside of the Rogers Centre in Toronto. In those three games, Revere is 1-for-11 (.091) and is hitting .250 (10-for-40) at home.

It will be interesting to see if returning to Citizens Bank Park helps Revere's performance. Revere is a career .288 hitter in 166 games at Citizens Bank Park.

Meanwhile, relievers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado, who were acquired for Revere have been pitching pretty well. Cordero has a 4.26 in six games with Double-A Reading and Tirado has a 1.50 ERA in four relief appearances with High-A Clearwater.

The Blue Jays are in Philly for games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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