A lot happened in the Blue Jays world, including rumours, arbitration dealings and a smacking of the Yankees.
Jays smack the Yankees 9-2
Dear Yankee fans:
Is this the team you believe will finish at the top of the division? Yes, it’s Spring Training and the Yankees only had a few starters, but Jordan Montgomery didn’t look good at all. You know who did look good though? The Jays pitchers.
After a rough first inning, Yusei Kikuchi absolutely bullied the Yankees batters in the second inning of the game, striking out the side. He finished his afternoon with 2 IP, 4 K and 1 BB. Ross Stripling took over for the new signee, pitching 3 IP, allowing a run and striking out two.
Yusei Kikuchi, Nasty 82mph Slider. pic.twitter.com/8q9vo0XK9s
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 22, 2022
My #15 prospect, Kyle Johnston, also pitched in the bottom of the ninth, striking out one and walking another batter.
The Jays bats also did quite well.
He’s considered one of the weaker bats in that new Blue Jays starting 9.
Imagine if he gets it going … pic.twitter.com/7LqrSFPbdW
— Christian Rauh (@RauhReport) March 22, 2022
George Springer went 2-3 in his Spring Training debut and Bo Bichette also went 2-3. Vlad Jr went 3-3 while Cavan Biggio went 2-2. Randal Grichuk also hit a grand slam which begs the question, has he finally figured it out. No, it’s a façade. Here’s an A+ meme by everybody’s favourite Blue Jays memester.
The Randal Grichuk experience starts soon pic.twitter.com/aSD9177ksG
— spencer” (@Spenred) March 22, 2022
Danny Jansen also threw out his second runner of Spring Training, which is interesting to see because he’s not really known for a strong arm. Alejandro Kirk, who also had a questionable arn, threw out a runner in Monday’s game. Sadly, Chapman was spiked by the runner trying to steal third.
He was replaced by my #13 Jays prospect, Sebastian Espino, who went 1-2 after replacing Chapman. Fortunately, Chapman was pulled for precautionary reasons, and he won’t need stitches. Here is the play in question.
Matt Chapman left the game with a laceration to his left forearm. No stitches required #bluejays
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) March 22, 2022
He and Teoscar (sprained wrist) are considered day to day. Which, speaking of Hernandez…
Speaking of Teoscar:
According to the Miami Herald https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article259612989.html, the Blue Jays engaged in talks with the Miami Marlins about trading Teoscar Hernandez. When my editor sent this to me, it came as a shock. While I don’t believe the 29-year-old slugger is untouchable, I found it hard to believe that they’d be interested in moving him.
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation