The Toronto Blue Jays snuck up on the New York Yankees on Friday night, as they edged out the Yanks for a 6-5 win. They went to extra innings and Bo Bichette sent everybody home with a walk-off long ball. At just 21, Bichette became the youngest player in Blue Jays’ history to hit a walk-off homer. Bichette has been rewriting the history book in Toronto and this is likely just the beginning of a long and successful career.
When it’s his time to get paid, Bichette is going to be attracting a lot of money if he continues to develop and improve. He looks rather legit and not a flash in the pan that is going to disappear in the future. It might come down to if the Blue Jays want to pay him then.
The Blue Jays have been known to be a cheap team who don’t usually like to pay star players. He did turn down four teams in order to sign with the Jays in 2016, so Bichette wants to be in Toronto, though. In any event, let’s focus on the now and the now has been pretty exciting for Bichette.
The effort made by Bichette and some of the other youngers on the Jays will have to translate into wins next season. This core didn’t get together until later in the season. Bichette started the year in the minors, so if the Jays can figure out their rotation and bullpen situation, they could sneak up in the AL East.
It’s a difficult division and I could see the Red Sox getting back on track in 2020, so asking them to win the division is asking a lot. But they could be a surprise contender with respects to a wildcard if everything comes together in Toronto.
Jacob Waguespack hopes to play a big role in the resurgence for the Jays in 2020. The rookie has had his moments that have demonstrated he has the ability to be a major contributor. Other times he’s looked ineffective, but with most rookies, you have to take the positives and the lumps.
Not everyone can fire away right out of the gates like Mike Soroka. Canadian James Paxton will be back at Rogers Centre, where he threw a no-hitter in 2018. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Blue Jays pick.
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The investment that the Yankees made on James Paxton is beginning to pay off in the Bronx. However, with the Yankees going to the postseason soon, his worth is going to be judged on what he does in the postseason. Struggle and become a liability and Paxton is not going to be able to be happy about this run that he’s currently on. Paxton has been pitching like an elite pitcher of late, though. He will pitch on his home soil in Canada having caught fire in his most recent outings. Paxton posted an ERA of 0.96 and 0.80 WHIP in his last three starts. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 13.2 innings as well.
In four straight outings, Paxton has allowed 2 of fewer runs, and in seven of his last eight, he’s surrendered 3 or less runs. That’s exactly what the Yankees were searching for, especially with CC Sabathia regressing. The Yankees have also been awaiting the long-awaited debut of Luis Severino. If Severino returns to the rotation on fire, the rest of majors is going to be put on notice. Paxton will look to stay hot on Saturday afternoon against the Jays in this one.
On the contrary, Waguespack is trying to get his season back on track after getting hammered recently. Waguespack owns an ERA of 8.74 and 2.03 WHIP in his previous three outings. Rogers Centre hasn’t been a place of solace for Waguespack. He enters Saturday with an ERA of 5.73 and 1.59 WHIP in 22 innings at home. In relief against the Yankees, Waguespack gave up 3 hits and 3 runs in just 3.2 innings back on August 10th. After sleepwalking through Friday night, look for the Yankees to respond just like they did against the Tigers.