Big bats show up on Sunday as Blue Jays earn series split in Tampa

When George Springer was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays, one of his biggest additions to the Blue Jays organization was his performance in big games. His contributions to three AL West titles, five playoff appearances, and two World Series appearances with the Houston Astros brought a wealth of successful culture to a team loaded with young talent.

Fast forward to September 2022, with the Jays in the heat of a playoff race, looking to split a series at the Trop, facing one of the AL’s best in Shane McClanahan. Springer did what earned him the $150 million contract, as he posted a 3-for-4 day with two home runs and three RBIs. Springer’s day, as well as homers from Teoscar Hernandez and Alejandro Kirk propelled the Blue Jays to a 7-1 drubbing of the Tampa Rays on Sunday afternoon.
Toronto earned the split of the four-game series down at the Trop, maintaining the two-game lead they had over Tampa Bay when the series started. Thankfully, the Blue Jays don’t play the Rays anymore in the regular season, however a Wild Card round matchup in the postseason is looking more and more likely as the days go on.
A split in Tampa equates to a series win in any Blue Jays fan’s book, but more importantly, it leaves the fanbase with a better taste in their mouth …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Springer’s grand slam punctuates 10-3 Blue Jays win over St. Louis

George Springer is a Blue Jay.

The Jays lead-off hitter hit a 2-out grand slam in the 6th inning to bury the St. Louis Cardinals in the first of a two-game series with a 10-3 win. On a night where every Blue Jay in the lineup had a hit, the Jays offense picked up right where it left off from the Boston series, and won their 7th straight game.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 21st home run of the season in the 1st inning, a 2-run shot off of Cardinals starter Andre Pellante. The Jays tagged Pallante for three runs in the 1st, but he pitched his final three innings cleanly.
With one out in the 6th, Teoscar Hernandez laced a single into right center field. He was moved to third on a single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but Gurriel was tagged out trying to extend his hit to a double. It wasn’t the smartest decision by Gurriel, but it didn’t matter, because Matt Chapman drove Hernandez in with an RBI single.
After two-out walks by Santiago Espinal and Cavan Biggio, Springer sent the crowd into a fre …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Blue Jays CF George Springer opts out of all-star game

It turns out George Springer won’t be going to the all-star game.

The Athletic’s Kaitlyn McGrath reported Thursday that Springer has opted out of the midsummer classic in order to rest his elbow.

George Springer has decided to not play in the All-Star game. He’s going to use the time to rest his elbow. MLB will announce his replacement a little later this afternoon #BlueJays
— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) July 14, 2022

Springer has been dealing with some elbow issues all year long, and for the most part it’s been manageable. While he did get some imaging done after leaving a game against the White Sox in late June, Springer has been okay. He mentioned at the time the big issue was on swing and misses.
His numbers have slowly been dipping through the season, too. In April, he slashed .300/.360/.588 in 80 at-bats, but that line has fallen to .190/.261/.405 through 42 AB’s in July. There is some sample size issues there, but the numbers aren’t overly promising.
Springer’s played in all-star games in the past, so it makes sense he is opting out of this one in order to give himself a chance to really get some rest.
The Jays kick off a four-game set against the Kansas Royals minor league team Thursday and then Springer will have a chance at four days of rest. Toronto’s schedule picks back up next Friday with a three-game road trip to Boston.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation