Blue Jays’ seamless approach to the squad leads to Bichette’s big double day

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 just a really good hitter who’s getting hotter. We’ve been saying this all the time – that Poe is a huge part of our squad and our attacker. Right now, he’s locked in,” said Schneider. “An incredible performance for him. Impressive that you go left, right field, center left. I’ve been saying it all the time – he’s a special hitter. And when he’s locked up, there isn’t much better than him. So, getting hot in time, it’s really dangerous now.”

That’s why Bichette will reach near the top of the Toronto rankings for the foreseeable future, having fallen to third place just three weeks ago. At the time of this batting down order, Bichette was hitting 0.259/.300/.427, following up last year’s 122 wRC+ and 121 OPS+ with just the league average numbers in each category.

And with only 28 games left, there likely won’t be enough time for Petchett to bring his all-season streak back to the level he set for himself in the past. But there’s just enough time for him to stay hot and help propel a Blue Jays lineup designed to beat the ban on the team’s shaky run with a high volume of production.

We all know Bichette is heating up and playing close to his potential One of the highest leverage results The Blue Jays could beat the final 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 25 hits over 18 runs, extended both starters into the seventh round, and had 5.1 innings of relief on two stages from their bulls, incorporating six painkillers—none of them called Romano, Bass, or Garcia—to allow only three hits and not walk 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.

“I think as a group we understand the scale of what is happening now. We did a great job today. Tomorrow we have to show up and do the same,” Pichet said. “The goal was to win two games today. So, we made it happen. Now the goal is to win tomorrow.”

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.

“I’m feeling good. I’ve been throwing the ball really well,” Piraeus said. “In the first three rounds, they were making some tough calls against me. But we figured that out and we made adjustments and started doing better shows, more quality shows.”

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. His Fastball didn’t generate a single whiff. He’s thrown the lone ball only 18 percent of the time, his lowest this season. Piraeus’ performance has been baffling since the start of the season, which he couldn’t finish. This trend continues.

But thanks to Trevor Richards getting him out of that hard seventh in the pouring rain, Berrios’ last streak – three runs he earned over six runs – was one of the Blue Jays every time he knocked out a man starting the third or fourth competition. A series of seven playoffs.

Zooming out, this was the fourth straight round for Piraeus, having completed 5.2 rounds or more. He shot to a 3.70 ERA over 24.1 runs, hitting 21 while walking five times. He didn’t look his best. It was not elite. But it was good enough. And that’s just 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 taking long viewpoints.

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.

“I just try to compete every day and do my best,” Bechet said. “I think today was probably the most competitive of the year. That’s a good thing at this time of year, especially in this series. So we have two more and obviously then the rest of the month. And we’ll keep coming here and doing our best and seeing what we can.” achieve it.”