MLBbro George Springer has been on fire at the plate and has sparked some significant offensive performances for a young Toronto Blue Jays team fighting for respectability and supremacy in an American League East. A division that has proved to be the most competitive in baseball this year.
The Toronto Blue Jays are currently last in the division at 26-25 and 10.5 games out of first place. While the teams play has been inconsistent, 2-8 in their last ten games, there have been some positive signs to build on. After all, we are still nearly two months away from the All-Star break.
It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over: Springer Turnup
In the past week Springer has batted over .350 with an OBP over .420. With 11 hits to just three strikeouts, the veteran leader has been seeing the ball well. In Tuesday’s 20-run outburst, Springer recorded three hits, including a home run and a triple, with two RBI. In his last 11 games, Springer has only struck out four times, has walked six times and tallied 14 total hits.
While the Blue Jays have been losing, they remain optimistic that they can make a run in the AL East. Some preseason baseball lists had them going to the World Series, so the talent is there. Having lost three straight series to divisional opponents does not make for a compelling case, but Springer knows how to win and the MLBbro outfielder has so much experience. He knows that the season is long and that there is plenty of time to right the ship.
Springer was scheduled to take a rest day for Thursday’s matchup against the AL East leading Tampa Bay Rays. However, he was called to pinch hit in the 9th inning, which resulted in a walk. The Blue Jays would go on to lose this game 6-3. Springer is used to postseason competition dating back to the beginning of his career with the Houston Astros.
Toronto will desperately need his leadership and poise as it tries to leap above the Yankees, Orioles and Tamp Bay Rays seems like an impossible task for Toronto, who is still suffering the effects of last year’s sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. Springer is trying his hardest to get the team back to October baseball.