Toronto Blue Jays
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Jose Berrios
Jose Berrios Strikes out 10 in loss
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 10:24 PM
Berrios (11-12) took the loss Wednesday, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks over six innings against the Yankees. He struck out 10.
Analysis: While Berrios ended his campaign with a season-high 10 strikeouts, he'd give up two runs on an Aaron Judge homer in the fourth inning before surrendering two more runs in the fifth, as the Yankees handed him a second straight loss. Berrios has allowed four runs in consecutive starts against New York after holding opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his previous three outings. The 29-year-old right-hander will finish the year with a 3.65 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 184 strikeouts across 32 starts (189.2 innings).
Daulton Varsho
Daulton Varsho Takes seat Wednesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:47 PM
Varsho is not in the lineup Wednesday versus the Yankees.
Analysis: Whit Merrifield, Kevin Kiermaier and George Springer will start across the outfield. Varsho has put up 18 homers and 16 steals in 154 games this season with Toronto, but he holds an underwhelming .220/.285/.382 overall batting line.
Kevin Gausman
Kevin Gausman Brilliant in no-decision
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 9:13 PM
Gausman did not factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing three hits and two walks over seven shutout innings against the Yankees. He struck out five.
Analysis: This marked Gausman's second straight scoreless outing against the Yankees after throwing six shutout innings in a win against New York on Sept. 20. Over the two starts, the 32-year-old righty was electric, throwing 13 innings with 15 strikeouts while allowing just six hits and five walks. Gausman is currently scheduled to start the last Blue Jays game of the year at home against the Rays.
Davis Schneider
Davis Schneider Sitting once again
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 3:50 PM
Schneider is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.
Analysis: Schneider is without a hit in his past 30 at-bats and finds himself on the bench Tuesday for the fourth time in Toronto's past six games. The 24-year-old had one of the hottest bats in the majors after debuting in early August with seven homers and a 1.415 OPS in his first 21 contests, but his regression over the last couple weeks has been steep. Cavan Biggio has taken on a larger role of late and is batting cleanup as Toronto's second baseman Tuesday.
Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt Returns from injured list
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 2:19 PM
Belt (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.
Analysis: The veteran slugger landed on the shelf Sept. 12 with back spasms just after missing the previous eight games due to an illness, but he's now ready to rejoin the Blue Jays for the final stretch of the regular season. Belt had a strong start to the second half with a .971 OPS in his first 30 games coming out of the All-Star break, but he was mired in a 3-for-18 slump prior to his move to the injured list.
Nate Pearson
Nate Pearson Sent back to minors
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 2:18 PM
Pearson was optioned to the Blue Jays' Florida Complex League affiliate Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.
Analysis: Jay Jackson is taking his spot in the bullpen. Triple-A Buffalo's season is over, which is why Pearson was sent to the FCL Blue Jays, where he can continue working out in case he's needed later on.
Spencer Horwitz
Spencer Horwitz Sent down to minors
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 2:17 PM
Horwitz was optioned to the Blue Jays' Florida Complex League affiliate on Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.
Analysis: Triple-A Buffalo's season is over, which is the reasoning behind Horwitz being sent to the Jays' FCL club. He's clearing out to make room for Brandon Belt's return from the injured list.
Jay Jackson
Jay Jackson Recalled from Triple-A
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 2:14 PM
Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.
Analysis: Jackson boasts a 2.36 ERA and 25:8 K:BB over 26.2 innings this season but has found himself being sent back and forth between the majors and minors simply because he has options. He'll work in middle relief for the Blue Jays.
Yusei Kikuchi
Yusei Kikuchi Goes four innings vs. Tampa
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 4:52 PM
Kikuchi did not factor into the decision Sunday, allowing three runs on nine hits over four innings against Tampa Bay. He struck out seven.
Analysis: Kikuchi's now gone five straight starts without pitching more than five innings. He appeared to be on a short leash Sunday, throwing just 73 pitches, after departing his previous start against the Yankees with cramps. Kikuchi will carry a 10-6 record with a 3.82 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 177 strikeouts into his final start of the regular season, tentatively scheduled as a rematch next weekend with the Rays.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Homers twice in win
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 3:36 PM
Guerrero went 2-for-5 with two homers in Sunday's win over the Rays.
Analysis: Guerrero looks to be back on track after going 1-for-13 in his previous five games after smacking three homers in three games prior to that. The 24-year-old Guerrero is up to 26 homers and 94 RBI on the year while batting .266 with a .793 OPS through 660 plate appearances.
Davis Schneider
Davis Schneider Not in Sunday's lineup
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 11:40 AM
Schneider is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.
Analysis: Schneider worked as Toronto's primary second baseman for the first half of September, but he's 0-for-30 over his past eight contests and will sit Sunday for the third time in five games. Whit Merrifield will start at second base and bat eighth in the series finale at Tampa Bay.
Jordan Romano
Jordan Romano Blows fourth save
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 8:05 AM
Romano (5-6) blew the save and took the loss Saturday as the Blue Jays were downed 7-6 by the Rays, giving up two runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning. He struck out one.
Analysis: The Toronto closer gave up three straight hits to lead off the ninth inning, but it looked like he might escape the jam with the score still tied 6-6 when he coaxed an apparent double-play grounder from Junior Caminero. Upon replay, the Tampa Bay rookie was judged to be safe at first base, and Josh Lowe followed with a walk-off hit. Romero hadn't blown a save since May 20, ending his streak of successful conversions at 26 -- a Blue Jays franchise record. On the season, the right-hander has a 2.68 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 70:24 K:BB through 57 innings while converting 36 of 40 save chances.
Hyun Jin Ryu
Hyun Jin Ryu Rocked by Rays
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 7:59 AM
Ryu came away with a no-decision in Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Rays, coughing up five runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- and three walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out two.
Analysis: Two of the long balls came in the first inning, as Ryu served up a solo shot to Yandy Diaz and a three-run blast to Josh Lowe. The veteran southpaw avoided his fourth loss of the season when the Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the eighth inning, only for closer Jordan Romano to blow the save in the ninth. Ryu's failed to complete five innings in two straight starts, and he has a 4.32 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 17:9 K:BB through 25 innings in September. With the Jays in a dogfight for a wild-card spot, he may need to step things up in his final outing of the regular season -- a rematch with the Rays back in Toronto next weekend.
Alejandro Kirk
Alejandro Kirk Not starting Saturday
Sat, Sep 23, 2023, 1:39 PM
Kirk will hit the bench Saturday against the Rays.
Analysis: Kirk augmented his time behind the plate last season with 49 starts at designated hitter, but his bat has dropped off this season to the point that he's been mostly stuck splitting time with Danny Jansen at catcher. He's been back in an expanded role in September with Jansen out with a broken finger, starting eight of the previous nine games, but it will be Tyler Heineman who starts Saturday.
Mason McCoy
Mason McCoy Outrighted to Triple-A
Fri, Sep 22, 2023, 9:54 PM
Toronto outrighted McCoy to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
Analysis: McCoy was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Wednesday and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 28-year-old infielder has logged only six career plate appearances at the MLB level and holds a .693 OPS this season at Triple-A.
Jordan Romano
Jordan Romano Notches 36th save
Fri, Sep 22, 2023, 9:27 PM
Romano picked up the save in Friday's 6-2 win over Tampa Bay. He allowed no hits and one walk while striking out one over 1.1 scoreless innings.
Analysis: Romano entered with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth and induced a Curtis Mead grounder to escape the jam before shutting down the Rays in the ninth. The 30-year-old closer added to his current stretch of consecutive saves, pushing the mark up to 26. He hasn't blown a save since May 20 against the Orioles. Romano has produced another steady season with a 2.40 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 69:24 K:BB over 56.1 innings.
Chris Bassitt
Chris Bassitt Cruises to 15th win
Fri, Sep 22, 2023, 9:10 PM
Bassitt (15-8) earned the win Friday, allowing two runs on six hits and no walks over 6.2 innings against the Rays. He struck out eight.
Analysis: Bassitt tied his career-high in wins with the victory, equaling his total with the Mets last year (15). The 34-year-old pitcher has fully turned his season around after posting a 5.18 ERA over 33 innings in April. Bassitt sports a 3.74 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 174:58 K:BB over 192.1 innings this year. He is tentatively scheduled to make his next start, which should be his last of the season, at home against the Yankees.
Kevin Kiermaier
Kevin Kiermaier Sitting Friday
Fri, Sep 22, 2023, 3:34 PM
Kiermaier isn't in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday against the Rays.
Analysis: Kiermaier will get a breather to begin Toronto's series with Tampa Bay after going 4-for-10 and scoring four times during the Jays' series against the Yankees. Daulton Varsho will shift to center field in Kiermaier's absence while Whit Merrifield starts in left.
Davis Schneider
Davis Schneider Out of lineup Friday
Fri, Sep 22, 2023, 3:31 PM
Schneider isn't starting Friday against the Rays.
Analysis: Schneider is 0-for-26 with 11 strikeouts across his last seven games, so he'll get a day off to regroup Friday. Santiago Espinal will start at second base in Schneider's place and bat ninth.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Returns to lineup
Fri, Sep 22, 2023, 3:25 PM
Guerrero (knee) is starting at designated hitter and batting third Friday against Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Guerrero missed two consecutive starts due to discomfort in his right knee, but he'll return to the lineup Friday after making a pinch-hit appearance during Thursday's loss. Guerrero had been enjoying a five-game hitting streak before getting injured, going 7-for-18 with three homers and six RBI in that span.


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