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Davis Schneider hit his eighth home run of the season as the Blue Jays fall 6-3 to the Texas Rangers

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Photo credit:John E. Sokolowski/USA Today
Ryley Delaney
10 months ago
It’s starting to feel like the 2017 Chicago Cubs series.
On Tuesday, the Blue Jays were soundly defeated by the Texas Rangers 6-3. With this loss, they have fallen half a game behind the Rangers, and could fall behind the Seattle Mariners if they win on Tuesday evening.
Regardless, let’s take a 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: Davis Schneider

Davis Schneider went 2-4 with a double and a home run. Coming into every single game, fans must be thinking “this is the game where Davis Schneider is stopped”, but there is no stopping this freight train, baby.
As fellow Blue Jays Nation writer Evan Stack pointed out, the 24-year-old second baseman/left fielder may get some American League Rookie of the Year voting, as he’s now slashing .370/.500/.815 with those eight homers in 102 plate appearances. He has a 28.4 K% and an 18.6 BB%, along with 19 extra base hits.
Just incredible, and we’re witnessing history.

Things worth mentioning:

Cavan Biggio declined after his first two seasons, but is having a career renaissance in 2023, slashing .232/.332/.391 with an 11.1 BB% and a 27.3 K% and nine homers in 271 plate appearances. This is his first season since 2020 where he’s had a wRC+ over 100, as it now sits at 103 (and climbing). Good stuff.
Hyun Jin Ryu had another great start, finishing with a line of 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Who could have seen a 36-year-old soft-tossing left-handed pitcher coming off Tommy John pitching to the tune of a 2.93 ERA in 40 innings pitched? I sure didn’t.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. just looks lost at the plate this season. On Tuesday, he went 0-4 with a strikeout, which was a four-pitch swing and miss on a slider outside the zone. I don’t know, man.
Erik Swanson made his return from the Injured List on Tuesday, finishing with a line of 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Happy to have him back.
Spencer Horwitz went 1-3 with a strikeout on a pitch he was hit with. His hit, a double, was about five feet down from being his second career home run. With Brandon Belt’s injury, Horwitz may get a lot more playing time at first base.
When Blue Jays fans wake up tomorrow, they could be out pending the outcome of the Seattle Mariners game. Both Texas and Seattle have the tiebreaker against the Jays, meaning the Jays need to win some damn baseball games. The two teams will play on Wednesday at 7:07 PM EST, before wrapping up the four-game set on Thursday at the same time.
Please get a split.

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