On Tuesday, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reached base three more times and now has an OBP of .532 this season.
To put this into perspective, in Toronto Blue Jays history, only Carlos Delgado (.596, 2002) and Jose Bautista (.538, 2011) had a higher OBP through the club’s first 11 games (minimum 30 PA).
Furthermore, let’s take a look at his best stroke of the night.
💥 WARNING 💥
Vladdy is hitting EVERYTHING! pic.twitter.com/ybzS12Al9p
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 14, 2021
Already with a single and with two out, Guerrero Jr. simply flicks his wrists at a pitch and lines it off the tall wall in Dunedin for an RBI double. While the home runs might not come in bunches for Guerrero Jr., he just looks like a completely different and imposing hitter in the box in the middle of the Toronto order. Indeed, he’s carried this team on his back while George Springer, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and Teoscar Hernandez have missed time from the lineup.
Finally, Guerrero Jr. wasn’t the only headline. Once again, Hyun-Jin Ryu continued to be the ace that kept Yankees hitters off balance all night long. He logged the quality start and got the win for the Jays who turned it over to the bullpen when things got a little tight.
Unfortunately, Julian Merryweather sustained a hip injury in this game, derailing what could be a potentially dominant season in the closer role for him.
In all, the Blue Jays got a 7-3 win in a game that Guerrero Jr. kept rolling offensively and Rowdy Tellez hit his first bomb of the season. Toronto has opened their season 5-6, avoiding a disaster start but certainly hoping for more as they continue onward down South.