Indeed, the Triple Crown watch is alive and well for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., after a three-hit game on Sunday saw him raise his average to .321 on the season in a win over the Twins.
While it may be a longshot, Guerrero Jr. holds a one home run lead over Shohehi Ohtani and Salvador Perez in home runs with 46. He’s at .321 on the season with Michael Brantley hitting .315 for the Astros. However, he trails Jose Abreu and Perez who are at 113 RBI for the league lead in the category, and it’s going to be tough to make up that ground in the final two weeks.
On Saturday, Guerrero had a hit and a couple walks to continue his surge in a commanding little 6-2 win that Steven Matz pitched well in.
Then on Sunday, it was Jose Berrios who got the win in a 5-3 affair and Guerrero Jr. added the three hit attack including an RBI single to get the Blue Jays on the board. Bo Bichette would later hit a bomb, and the Blue Jays cruised from there.
Notably, the Blue Jays are 1.5 games up in the final Wildcard spot over the New York Yankees who lost two of three at home to the Cleveland Indians.
With the Blue Jays headed to Tampa this week, it’s arguably their biggest series of the season where not taking the series could have them in chase mode for the final week-plus.
Still, with time running so short, Guerrero Jr. has helped put the Blue Jays into position for a memorable season. They have taken 18 of 22 games to total 84 wins north of the border.