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Vladdy 64: Digging for trends within Guerrero’s first 64 games

Through his first 64 games in the majors, it’s been a tale of three seasons for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. There were his first two weeks with the Blue Jays when he barely got a pitch to hit, the eight-game span in May when he collected five home runs and everything since then. Vladdy hasn’t looked…

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Mark Shapiro says something big is brewing with Rogers Centre renovations

This past June, Rogers Centre celebrated its 30th anniversary. Unveiled in 1989 as a state-of-the-art multi-use facility, it boasted the largest Jumbotron of its era and encapsulated the “everything to everyone” mantra of professional sports stadiums during the 80s and early 90s. Skydome also ushered in the end of an era of multi-use stadiums and…

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is playing out of his mind right now

2019 has been a tale of two polar opposite seasons for Lourdes Gurriel Jr. During his first 13 games of the season, Gurriel looked lost at the plate and had difficulty with the most routine plays at second base. A botched throw to first base on April 14th was the tipping point. He was removed…

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Gauging Ken Giles’ trade value compared to deals from the past

Next to Marcus Stroman, Ken Giles is the most valuable trade chip the Blue Jays have (whom they’re willing to part with, at least). Giles has been a revelation in a Blue Jays uniform ever since they acquired the fireballer closer at last year’s trade deadline. Removed from the pressure cooker environment in Houston, Giles…

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Clint Frazier: Future Blue Jay?

Clint Frazier seems to be going nowhere in the New York Yankees organization. Earlier this week, he was a victim of the numbers game and was demoted to triple-A. Despite a .283/.330/.513 slash line in 53 games with the Yankees this season, he was the sacrificial lamb once Edwin Encarnacion was added to their 25-man…

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What should the Blue Jays do with Justin Smoak?

Back in 2016, there may not have been a move by the Blue Jays front office more heavily scrutinized than the contract extension of Justin Smoak. At the time, Smoak was a bench player, but seemingly out of nowhere, the club re-upped Smoak with a two-year/$8.25 million contract extension with an option for a third…

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This week in overpriced, obscure Blue Jays memorabilia

I have a confession to make. I have a penchant for obscure Blue Jays memorabilia. If you read my article from last year about how I bought a bottle of game-used dirt from the Rogers Centre, you might suspect that I have a few screws loose. I also bought a Blue Jays “Fan in a…

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Blue Jays among the unluckiest hitters in MLB this year

Are the Blue Jays a little bit bad or a little bit unlucky this year? It might actually be both. The Blue Jays have one of the most anaemic starting lineups in baseball. As a unit, their .285 wOBA ranks 27th of 30th in baseball and their 75 wRC+ also ranks 27th among all 30…

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Aaron Sanchez might be turning the corner

Don’t feel bad if you missed it, but Aaron Sanchez struck out 11 batters in his last outing this past Sunday. Yes, 11. It was the second-most strikeouts in a single start in his entire career. Due to the lack of fanfare, Sanchez’ 11-K effort might’ve been the least-publicized high strikeout game in recent memory….

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What’s the secret to Sam Gaviglio’s early-season success?

For the life of me, I can’t figure out what’s going on with Sam Gaviglio this year. With reams of data available and logic suggesting otherwise, Gaviglio has been a godsend for the Blue Jays’ bullpen this season. Last year, he made the second-most starts of any Blue Jays pitcher, purely because the team’s rotation…