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Report card for the first half of the Toronto Blue Jays regular season

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The Canadian Press

Canadian press

Gregory Strong

Toronto Blue Jays' starting pitcher Alex Manoah throws to a New York Yankees batter in first inning American League baseball action in Toronto on June 18, 2022.
Toronto Blue Jays Starting Pitcher Alex Manoa throws at the New York Yankees hitter in the first American League baseball action on June 18, 2022 in Toronto. Photo: John Blacker/Canadian Press

After finishing the first half of the regular season with 44-37 As the second half of the campaign begins, Toronto Blue Jays notices hovering near the playoff cut line.

New York Yankees appear ready to flee in the American League East this year, but division rivals Boston, Toronto and Tampa Bay will join the game on Tuesday AL I own a wild card spot.

This year, the expanded playoff structure (with the addition of a third wildcard team to both leagues) is a team like Blue Jays who just missed 91-71 last season. May be useful for.

This is the report card for the first half of Toronto for the 2022 season (all statistics will start on Tuesday):

Start of rotation

Alek Manoah Enjoying a great sophomore season, but this year contradictions have plagued some of Toronto's starters.

Manoa has emerged as an ace of staff, thanks to a record of 9-3. The giant right-handed player is 3rd in AL, with an average run of 2.33, his 0.99 WHIP in 5th and his opponent's batting rate in 9th (.213).

Kevin Gausman (6-6, 2.86) was very reliable, but Jose Berrios (6-4, 5.72) and Yusei Kikuchi (3-4, 4.74) Had too much-and-downstretch. Ross Stripping (4-3, 3.32) successfully transitioned from a long rescue role to rotation after injuring Hyunjin Ryu at the end of the season.

Overall grade: C

BULLPEN

Canadian closer Jordan Romano (2-2, 2.79) was the mainstay for the first two months. did. Blue Jays participated in tight games with amazing frequency.

His ninth performance is a big reason why Blue Jays is 18-12 years old in a one-run game. Originally from Markham, Ontario, Romano made 17 saves this season, finishing second in AL after Cleveland's Emmanuel Crace.

However, be aware of the lack of general embossing depth in Toronto. Setup men Tim Meisa and Imi Garcia may fight injuries this season, and manager Charlie Montoyo is creative and sometimes forced to use low-leverage weapons in high-leverage locations. it was done.

Among the main rescuers, Adam Simver and David Phelps posted decent numbers, but Trent Thornton was mediocre. Trevor Richards and Julian Maryweather were down for years before going to IL.

Overall Grade: C-

Outfield

A healthy George Springer helps stabilize the outfield of Toronto. Centerfielder has posted solid attack statistics and his defenses are strong.

Teoscar Hernandez is rounded in shape after a diagonal injury, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also has a stable presence. Raimel Tapia is a competent option, compensating for the slow-moving bat of backup outfielder Bradley Zimmer.

Overall grade: B

Infielder

I have a lot of things I like about the situation in the infield of Toronto.

Shortstop Bo Bichette and first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will probably be all-star game starters. Matt Chapman is locked on the third base and Santiago Espinal has emerged as the second baseman of quality every day.

Cavan Biggio has been waving a hot bat since recalling from Triple-A Buffalo in late May. He was a valuable utility man because he was able to play well in multiple positions defensively.

Overall Grade: B +

Catcher

Alejandro Kirk significantly boosts .315 / .405 / .910 during the breakout season It has been reduced and formed a formidable one. -Two punches with Danny Janssen.

Janssen was on the list of injured twice this year, so the Blue Jays gave top candidate Gabriel Moreno a big league rep, and he was impressive. Flashed some of the skill sets.

Overall Grade: A

Management

General Manager Ross Atkins to create a competitive roster with a bright future I'm doing well. He aims to improve by the closing date of August 2nd, so the next few weeks will be a real test.

Addressing the lack of mound depth is priority 1. Another left-handed bat is also a welcome addition.

Toronto is 9th in the 30-team MLB power ranking, slightly better than last year's midpoint 2021 team (43-38) with a 44-37 record. FanGraphs predicts that Blue Jays is currently playing off with a 90.7% chance.

Key player injuries did not make things easier for Montoyo, who is entering his fourth season as a skipper. He is under pressure to bring the prospective candidate back into the postseason.

Overall Grade: C +

This report by Canadian Press was first published on July 5, 2022.

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