The Toronto Blue Jays are pinning their hopes on Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, and the early returns are strong.
Does a home run count if nobody is there to witness it? Damn straight it does.
On Thursday, Toronto Blue Jays slugger Bo Bichette stepped to the dish and cranked a monster shot to left-center field, almost clearing the second deck. To clear two decks towards either of the poles, even in a homer-happy stadium such as Rogers Centre, isn’t easy. To do so in the gaps is insane.
We shouldn’t be surprised at the power Bichette put on display. The 2019 rookie was a force in his 46 games, notching 11 home runs in 196 at-bats. Extrapolate that over a full season, and Bichette is raking to the tune of 30-35 home runs. Not bad.
This is great news for Blue Jays fans, who are hoping for a Cinderella run to the playoffs. The front office was active in the offseason, bolstering the starting rotation with veterans in Hyun-Jin Ryu and Tanner Roark through free agency. Toronto also traded for Chase Anderson, meaning three-fifths of the projected rotation is new blood.
While it may seem a long shot for Toronto to reach the postseason during a rebuilding phase, consider the situation. MLB is playing a ridiculous 60-game schedule. The Blue Jays are clearly more talented than the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East and have an argument for third place with the Boston Red Sox.
Would beating out the Tampa Bay Rays or New York Yankees be a shock? Yes, but in 60 games? Much more possible than in 162.