Blue Jays find a way to win as they edge out the Boston Red Sox in extra innings

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Ryley Delaney
9 months ago
Blue Jays are one step closer to being in a playoff spot.
On Saturday, they took on the Boston Red Sox and defeated them 4-3, despite being on the edge of defeat more than once.
Let’s look at the Blue Jays Nation’s Player of the Game, as well as things worth mentioning.

Blue Jays Nation’s Player of the Game: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Coming into September, the Blue Jays needed Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to get his bat going, and he has.
On Saturday afternoon, Guerrero Jr. went 2-3 with three walks and an RBI. That RBI came on his 24th home run of the season, and his third in as many games.
For the season, the 24-year-old first baseman is slashing .267/.345/.445 with 24 homers in 633 plate appearances for a 117 wRC+.
Keep it up, Vlad.

Things worth mentioning:

Chris Bassitt had a great bounce back game Saturday, finishing with a line of 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. This was significantly better than his previous start, which saw him give up five earned runs in five innings and a third. Good stuff from Bassitt.
Matt Chapman may need to sit for a few games. On Saturday, he went 0-3 with two strikeouts. Since being awarded the Player of the Month for April, Chapman is slashing .207/.300/.354 with 10 homers in 413 plate appearances for an  83 wRC+. Does he even get a qualifying offer at this point?
Cavan Biggio pinch hit for Matt Chapman in the bottom of the ninth, and oh man did that ever work out well. Biggio hit a single to his pull side, which set him up as the game-tying run. He also made a nice defensive play in the top of the 12th.
Daulton Varsho is incredible. Has he hit particularly well this season? However, he came up big for the Blue Jays on Saturday, hitting an RBI triple to drive in Biggio. Should it have been caught? Absolutely, but that just shows why his 27 Defensive Runs Saved in the outfield is so valuable.
Jordan Romano showed why he is one of the best closers in the game, as he finished with a line of 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 IBB, 2 K. There wasn’t a bigger strikeout than him sitting down Verdugo with a 91.1 mph slider, which you can watch below. The 30-year-old Canadian-born pitcher has a 2.45 ERA and a 3.33 FIP in 55 innings pitched this season. Good stuff.
With a win today, the Blue Jays are even with the Seattle Mariners. However, they still sit outside a playoff spot as the Mariners have the tiebreaker over the Jays. If the Mariners were to lose their game this evening, the Blue Jays would find themselves in the final wildcard spot to start Sunday.

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