The Blue Jays Need George Springer To Wrap Up This Wild Card| He’s The X-Factor In A Crucial Spot

The Blue Jays Need George Springer To Wrap Up This Wild Card| He’s The X-Factor In A Crucial Spot

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer knows a thing or two about playing past September.

The three-time all-star is looking for his second World Series title in his first season with the Blue Jays. His first title came in 2017 with the Houston Astros and he also was named World Series MVP. When Springer joined the Blue Jays this season he made an immediate impact and brought that championship mindset with him to the team.

Now that the season is coming to an end, the Blue Jays are fighting to secure a wild card spot in the American League and Springer is playing a big role for the team.

Having a player on your team that has won a title already is very key because they know what it takes to be in that position.

“He’s been there and done that,” Jays shortstop Bo Bichette told the Toronto Sun. “Obviously, he’s had so many big home runs when he was with Houston. He knows how to turn it on in the blink of an eye, which is obviously super important when we’re trying to win big ball games at this time of the year.”

At 31, Springer has gained a lot of experience in the league and can provide a wealth of knowledge to the young players. He’s the perfect fit for the Blue Jays and has shown that his presence on the team is contagious, and definitely in a good way. Despite missing some time during the season due to injuries, Springer is hitting .258 with 17 home runs and 38 RBI through 62 games

George Springer Makes Heroic Return From Injured List Earlier Than Expected

It was bad news for Toronto fans when he went down with a sprained knee during a game against the Seattle Mariners on August 14th. His return was earlier than expected and in perfect time for the Blue Jays to make a playoff push.

“I just think everybody feeds off of one another,” Springer said. “We just understand that it’s going to take every single person to get to where we want to go…I know everybody has each other’s backs. We’re all aiming for the same goal and to have everybody playing for that is awesome.”

Blue Jays coach John Schneider has been pleased with the 2017 World Series MVP’s return and knows the caliber of player he’s dealing with. 

“The experience he’s had this time of year and in the post-season obviously are big,” Schneider said. “But just having him at the top (of the batting order), seeing pitches, getting on base and the damage potential and all that stuff … it’s great for us and it’s great for the guys behind him.”

Springer made the playoffs his last four seasons in Houston and he’s looking to continuing that streak. His numbers have been impressive during the postseason. He’s got a career batting average of .269 and a .546 slugging percentage in the playoffs. 

So Springer is a player you definitely want on your team during the postseason and he always comes ready to play.

“This is a huge stretch for us as a team,” he said. “Our team understands what it is we need to do. It understands who we are as a team but we also understand this is not on the back of any one guy.”

This will be an exciting finish to the season and look for Springer to step up in a big way for the Blue Jays.

Marcus Semien Owned Labor Day Weekend | MLBbro Chasing Second Base Homer Record

Marcus Semien Owned Labor Day Weekend | MLBbro Chasing Second Base Homer Record

Labor Day Weekend belonged to Marcus Semien as his four total homers now have him at 37 which is just shy of the record for most in a season by a second baseman in Major League history.

 

 

Marcus Semien was the starter for the American League All-Star team at second base earlier this summer, but this most recent stretch of play may be the best showing in what has been a career year. 

Over his last seven games he’s slugging a sick 1.000 with 6 homers and 11 RBI. 

Semien has not been stat padding with his numbers either: entering Tuesday, his Blue Jays had won eight of their last 10 games, which included a sweep of the Wild Card hopeful  Oakland Athletics. Then they double flexed and grounded the surging Yankees on the back of Semien’s five RBI on Labor Day. 

 

 

Friday night’s game against the Athletics was one of the wildest games played this season.  The Jays trailed 8-2 before a six run eighth inning tied the game.  The A’s would respond with two runs in the ninth, but then in the bottom half Semien called game by hitting a three-run home run to the second deck.  

 

Fellow MLBbro and Oakland A Tony Kemp stayed on the field long after Semien’s walk-off heroics to watch his on field press conference. Then came Monday afternoon when the Blue Jays went into the Bronx and shut out the Yankees 8-0.  Semien got the Day Party started with a solo homer.  

What a year Semien is having. After the A’s treated him like damaged goods, he rebounds with one of the greatest statistical seasons by a second baseman in MLB history. How’s that for sticking it to your ex?

 

 

He decided then to end the game with an exclamation point.  After walks loaded the bases Semien hit his first grand slam of the season.

 

Semien now has 38 home runs which is the most ever for an MLBbro second baseman and the 13th most in a season for any second baseman in Major League history.  The record is 43 set by Davey Johnson in 1973.

Semien is evoking memories of the great Joe Morgan. He’s also having a career year on the defensive side of the ball.  He made the switch this season from shortstop to second base for the first time in his nine year career and currently has his highest Defensive WAR at 1.6.

 Semien now has a .270 average, 88 RBI, 14 steals and .875 slugging percentage and a Big Bag coming his way this off-season.

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On Mookie Betts bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium, the former MVP’s mom threw out the first pitch to start the game against the Atlanta Braves and Mookie completes the night by hitting a homer and blowing her a kiss.

George Springer Makes Heroic Return From Injured List Earlier Than Expected

George Springer Makes Heroic Return From Injured List Earlier Than Expected

You Ain’t Seen Bouncing Back…

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer has missed 80 games this season, and was expected to miss more than a few more after spraining his left knee in a game against Seattle on Aug. 14.

Toronto put him on the 10-day injured list, and fans were worried that Springer could be gone with another extended absence.

Instead, Springer is back after missing 13 games.

 

 

It was his third trip to the IL since joining the Blue Jays as a free agent this past offseason.

He has been such an important part of the Jays’ success, helping lead his team to a 29-20 record in games he had started.

 

As Toronto surged back into the playoff chase, posting an 18-9 mark from July 11 through Aug. 11, Springer was one of the top hitters in baseball.

He slashed .377/.402/.779 in those games, absolutely crushing the baseball. Springer collected 35 hits, 23 of them going for extra bases. He also scored 30 runs while driving in 24.

The 2017 World Series MVP smashed 11 of his 16 home runs during that stretch.

 

Toronto has gone 6-10 since, falling five games back of the Boston Red Sox for the second Wild Card spot. The powerful Blue Jays offense was held to three or fewer runs in 12 of those games.

Rejoining the Blue Jays’ lineup on Monday night, Springer made an immediate impact, serving as the designated hitter and leading off.

He went 1-2, with a walk and two runs scored. He even stole a base in Toronto’s 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Toronto has to be hoping that with Springer back at the top of the order they still have a shot to make the postseason in back-to-back seasons for only the third time in franchise history.

 

“George is a proven, very professional (hitter) with plate discipline and elite ability to swing at pitches he can drive, so that will be a big add to the lineup for sure,” said Toronto general manager Ross Atkins prior to the game.

For now, Springer will only be a DH for the Jays, while he continues to rehab his knee.

Toronto players and fans are ecstatic to have Springer on the field in any capacity. He could have taken the money and chilled this season. Instead, he returns in time to help Toronto make a late push to the postseason.

He’s a true leader.