Blue Jays’ Schneider on Guerrero Jr.: ‘He is actually, actually shut’ to breaking out

Toronto Blue Jays supervisor John Schneider believes star first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is poised for an enormous end to the season.

Whereas Guerrero hasn’t performed at an all-star degree in September, Schneider thinks final 12 months’s runner-up for the American League’s MVP award might flip the nook shortly.

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“Vladdy hit the ball extraordinarily arduous this previous highway journey — some on the bottom, some within the air,” Schneider mentioned on Blair and Barker on Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Monday.

“I believe Vladdy is absolutely shut and should you get him and Bo (Bichette) clicking on the identical time, that’s fairly rattling harmful on the high of the order … There are a couple of little cues he’s engaged on that type of keep within the clubhouse or the batting cage. He’s actually, actually shut.”

Guerrero went 5-for-14 in three video games with a stroll and his first two doubles of the month over the weekend in Texas, the place the Blue Jays concluded an 8-2 highway journey.

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The 23-year-old does not have a house run in September and is slashing simply .196/.260/.239 for the month.

Nonetheless, Schneider sees enchancment in Guerrero’s psychological method in current days.

“I believe that and I believe another issues that occurred within the batter’s field. When these two issues click on, and like I mentioned I believe it’s actually coming, that shall be a very good factor for us,” Schneider mentioned.

Bichette, in the meantime, is carrying a scorching bat right into a five-game sequence towards the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

The shortstop is hitting .500 with six homers and 16 RBI in September.

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“The outcomes have simply been otherworldly over the past highway journey with what he’s doing,” Schneider mentioned. “I believe everyone’s ready for an enormous smile or one thing but it surely’s very distinctive he can preserve the identical manner — (whether or not issues are) good, unhealthy or detached.

“The 2-strike method is permitting him to trust earlier than he will get there. He’s been actually, actually good by way of swinging and lacking and chasing and issues like that and eliminating these issues and I believe having confidence in his two-strike method.”

This week, Schneider must proceed to tweak his lineup due to the absence of outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (hamstring).

“Sooner or later at a time, possibly a couple of innings at a time,” Schneider mentioned. “Guys like (Raimel) Tapia, (Cavan) Biggio, Whit (Merrifield), Jackie (Bradley Jr.), (Bradley) Zimmer, all of them type of add a distinct look by way of what an outfielder can present whether or not it’s offence, defence, bases, what have you ever.

“Tapia has stepped up and finished a very nice job with the chance that has come about. It’s a artistic approach to get Cavan and Whit within the outfield to begin video games like we did yesterday and the day earlier than and regulate if we have to. We’ll go mainly recreation by recreation with it and efficiency is certainly an enormous a part of it, matchups are undoubtedly an enormous a part of it. However I believe we’re lucky to have the depth that we do on our major-league roster to soak up the lack of Lourdes a little bit bit.”

Watch the opener of the Blue Jays-Rays sequence on Monday at 7:07 p.m. ET / 4:07 p.m. PT on Sportsnet or SN NOW.

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