Baltimore – It’s that time of year. Less than 30 games to play; Only a few separate the Toronto Blue Jays from their competitors in both directions; MLB’s postseason season is scheduled to begin a month later Wednesday.
Extended drive, hard time, call it what you want. Just don’t be surprised if the Blue Jays lineup is more fluid than usual.
Heating on the plate like Bo Bichette, who came in on Monday hitting .360/.439/.540 over the past two weeks? Up to three holes go.
Find something like Lourdes Gurriel Jr. , who hit .167/.216/.271 during the same period? Go down to eight.
Deep in weeds like Wheat Merrifield, who’s steeped in .163/.250/.233 funk that started four weeks ago? He started off the bench for the seventh time in Toronto’s last 12 games.
Blue Jays coach John Schneider no longer has the luxury of giving struggling players a runway out of it. He has to embrace the recency bias rather than work to suppress it, and weigh what the player has done more recently than the objective projection suggests he should do over time. He can’t worry about hurting feelings and vanity. If you perform, you will get opportunities. If you are not, then you are not.
“You have all the numbers, you have all the expectations, you have all the plans,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said Monday morning before his team took the two Labor Day ends with double-headers with the Baltimore Orioles, 7-3 and 8-4. “We’re just trying to put ourselves in a position. They are allowed to win every night.”
Don’t you know, there was a Bichette in the middle of everything on Monday. He went 3 for 5 in the opening game, helping to increase the Blue Jays’ lead in both the fifth and ninth inning as his club got some breathing space ahead of the Orioles in An intense and fiercely contested racer. Then he came to the plate with two insiders and two in the third inning of the Cup of the Night, and he took a pretty big cut on the first pitch he saw.
You’d have to push that fence back a bit to fit that fence, which only traveled 412 feet at 109.4 mph off the Bechet racket.
Three rounds later, Bichette was back and loved the first pitch he had seen again. Only this time he took it in the opposite direction.
And what do you think Bichette did on his next trip to painting? Take a step naturally. Then he let it splinter again.
So, make these three hovering in the range of four visible tones, a portion of 6 for 10 a day. Give Bichette 12 strokes and walk his first 23 in September, and .328/.371/.595 lines since August 4.
That’s why Bichette will hit near the top of the Toronto rankings for the foreseeable future after dropping to the bottom third less than six weeks ago. We all know Bichette Heating up and playing close to his potential It is one of the highest leverage results a Blue Jays can have during the last month of the season. But Bichette wouldn’t call this exciting.
“You’re talking to Bo and he’s feeling the same way. He’s like, ‘I couldn’t even move on.'” said Kevin Gussman, who wore a pair of shoes. Thrilling performance in Monday’s editorial.
“Boo is the guy who can change the game with any swing. As a bowler, watching Bo hits, there aren’t many places to go, right? Not many holes. He handles broken stuff very well. He has access to heaters High. And if you throw him a fast ball away, he has no problem slapping it on the right field. In terms of presentation, he must be a tough guy to face.”
The Blue Jays will be a tough team to face if they can continue to play the way they did during the first five games of this wild ride. After sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend with a combined score of 12-4, Toronto secured both ends of its double header on Monday against the Orioles, 15-7. They put together 25 hits over 18 innings, extended both starters to the seventh inning, and earned 5.2 neighborhoods of rest on two stages from their bulls, as six relievers—none called Romano, Bass, or Garcia—combined to allow only three hits and no He walks while hitting four.
More importantly, they dealt a heavy blow to a top-tier opponent who recently snuck too close to a break behind the Blue Jays in the MLS wild card race. Toronto is now 4.5 games ahead of the Orioles in third and final for the wild card, with a chance to bury them 6.5 games behind with their wins on Tuesday and Wednesday. Even with a couple of losses, the Blue Jays won’t concede any ground to the Orioles in this series.
After Gusman maneuvered out of several crises in Monday’s first game, Jose Perios tried to play the same high-stakes match in the second. You’re stranded with a runner in the first and wiped out a double-play advance song in the second. But Rougned Odor made him shoot a long solo, which Homer Piraeus has allowed this season.
The Prius is back in action around the traffic from there, cutting into third, fourth and sixth place racers. The seventh opened with one solo walk to load the bases. And after the run on the catcher’s interference was overtaken by Danny Janssen, his night was over.
By no means was the Prius’s most amazing outing. He only had four swing hits and allowed eight balls to play at 100 mph or more. But thanks to Trevor Richards getting him off that tough seventh streak, Berrios’ last streak – three runs earned over six innings – was one the Blue Jays would take every time from a man starting either the third or fourth of a seven-game playoff series.
Zooming out, this was Pierius’ fourth straight run, completing 5.2 rounds or more. He shot to a 3.70 ERA over 24.1 runs, hitting 21 while walking five times. He wasn’t an elite, but he was more than good enough. And that’s what Blue Jays need at this time of year, when the success of the small sample and what you’ve been up to lately take on more importance than objective expectations and a long view.
Perius will not be happy with his overall stats at the end of the year, but he has a chance to help his team reach what they are trying to reach by getting closer to their long-term potential. Just as Bichette won’t be pleased with his results in 2022 when all is said and done, that hasn’t stopped him from seizing the wheel this month and forcing him back to the top of the Toronto squad.