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The 2020 Blue Jays: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The 2020 Toronto Blue Jays are seven games into this shortened 2020 season. They boast a record of three wins and four losses so far. It has already been a season filled with ups and downs with frustrating losses and some big wins. Here’s a look at the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good

Teoscar Hernandez

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Teoscar Hernandez is one player that the Blue Jays really needed to see improve his game this season. Throughout his career, he has shown signs of being a productive hitter but just could not be consistent.

So far in 2020, Hernandez has posted a slash of .321/.355/.821 with an MLB leading 5 home runs and 6 RBI’s.

Hernandez has also shown this season that he has really improved his defensive game. Another area he struggled mightily with.

Its been a small sample size so far for Hernandez but he couldn’t have asked for a better start to this season.

Power Bats

The Toronto Blue Jays have hit ten home runs so far this season through the first seven games. This puts them in a tie for fifth place in baseball for team home runs. This does not come as a surprise as the Blue Jays boast a ton of power in their lineup with the likes of Teoscar Hernandez, Rowdy Tellez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., among others.

Nate Pearson

The long awaited debut of top prospect Nate Pearson happened on Wednesday night and he did not disappoint. Pearson threw five scoreless innings while only allowing two hits and two walks in major league debut. Pearson showed that he was MLB ready on Wednesday night after blowing his upper 90’s fastball and his low to mid 80’s slider by MLB hitters. It was quite a site to see.

Nate Pearson is definitely someone Blue Jays fans can look forward to watching every fifth day for years to come.

The Bad

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

TORONTO, ONTARIO – AUGUST 12: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays warms up before playing the Texas Rangers in the first inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on August 12, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

The former top prospect for the Blue Jays is struggling really bad to start off this season. Vladdy has been nearly invisible at the plate, so far, and does not look comfortable at all. Vladdy also is struggling defensively but that is expected as he is adjusting to a new position.

Vladdy will find his groove offensively eventually this season, he’s too good of a hitter not to. The sooner the better however as there is not much time in this shortened season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

The Blue Jays big free agent signing of the off-season has struggled to start off the season. Hyun-Jin Ryu is winless with an ERA of eight and a WHIP of 1.889 after his first two starts.

This is not how the Blue Jays have envisioned last years National League ERA champ to begin his tenure but Ryu has a tremendous resume in the big leagues. Hopefully, this is just a bump in the road.

The Ugly

Shun Yamaguchi

Blue Jays’ right-hander Shun Yamaguchi, knocked around in his first spring outing, held the Phillies to a run on two hits in three innings yesterday at TD Ballpark in Dunedin. The Jays won the game 6-5. (John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)

Oof! I think Shun Yamaguchi wants to take back his two outing so far this season back. Yamaguchi started off his career in the MLB by walking the first four batters he faced, not exactly the best first-impression. To make things worse, after only two outings he has an ERA of 36.00

Yamagucci does have a solid resume in Japan and has drawn comparisons to Masahiro Tanaka. Eventually, he will work out and can be a productive arm in the bullpen. He just has to work out some kinks in his game and familiarize himself with the majors.

Injuries

Only a week into the season and the Blue Jays have been hit with the injury bug. In the same game, the Jays lost both starting center fielder Randal Grichuk and closer Ken Giles

Although inconsistent, Grichuk is a good power bat to have in the lineup and is a reliable defender. Giles however is a huge loss. The Blue Jays bullpen is very thin as it is, and for them to lose their closer is a huge loss.

Bo Bichette was also forced to miss a few games with an ailing hamsring but is now back in the lineup.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Blue Jays have played above expectations to start off the season. two of their four losses have come in extra innings and the two series played so far were against two of the MLB’s best teams. The bullpen has looked better than expected, along with most of the starting rotation.

Hopefully the Blue Jays can stay the course and improve in some aspects so they can compete for a playoff spot.


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