The Blue Jays really won their 8th straight ballgame in remarkable fashion on Thursday night, sweeping the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Nearly getting bookend home runs from Bo Bichette in the first, and then Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the top of the 9th for his 42nd of the year.
Guerrero Jr. once again powered out a pitch to the right center gap, continuing his assault of statistics. While it was his only hit of the evening, it marked his 100th run batted in of the season, and he continues to close in on a Triple Crown chase that has him just a home run behind Shohei Ohtani and a few RBI behind Jose Abreu if he can hang onto the batting title crown in the American League.
All things aside, it might take Guerrero Jr. accomplishing the Triple Crown in his age-22 season to win the Most Valuable Player award in the AL. Still, he has about three weeks to go, and he seems to still be in great form as the season draws to it’s close.
Meanwhile, Toronto has played it’s way into contention; sweeping a good Yankees team at Yankee Stadium on the road. This time, Jose Berrios stepped up in giving the Blue Jays 6 and 2/3 solid innings to get the victory. His only mistake of the night was a two run home run surrendered to Anthony Rizzo.
It would seem to me that Toronto is primed for a weekend that they should either sweep, or at the very least take 2 of 3 in Baltimore. At least, that’s what one would expect who doesn’t know how baseball works. Therefore, don’t be shocked if the Blue Jays struggle to take even one this weekend, because that’s exactly how baseball works.
Finally, it’s been awesome to see this team roll through the season and entertain into the fall. No matter how they end up, they seem to be playing with house money and a plenty loaded roster that will serve them well as they head towards the final stretch with a schedule that appears to at least favor them. It doesn’t hurt that they have Robbie Ray throwing tomorrow, but remember; baseball always surprises.