The Blue Jays now sit fifth in the American League standings after a huge comeback win over the Yankees

No Bo Bichette? No Teoscar Hernandez? No problem. The Blue Jays’ lineup exploded for a 10-run inning to sink the Yankees on Monday night, making one of their most important victories of the season.

Things worth mentioning…

It’s been mentioned many, many times, but this stretch against the Yankees (10 games in a couple of weeks) is absolutely massive for the Blue Jays. If they do well during this stretch, they can certainly finish with the second-best record in the American League East and shove the Yankees down into a battle for seventh and eighth in the league.
It looked like the New York Grind got off to an ugly start last night when Hyun Jin Ryu got roughed up. Ryu, who had been lights out over the past month, allowed three homers and left the game with the Blue Jays trailing by a score of 5-2. The issue for Ryu on Monday was that his mix of pitches became too predictable. He generally throws an array of five different pitches to keep hitters off-balance, but against the Yankees on Monday, he threw 61 changeups or curveballs. Two of the homers he allowed in the first came on …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Teoscar Hernández has gone full Bo Bichette

No matter how you slice it, Teoscar Hernández has been one of the best power hitters in baseball this season.

He ranks in the top 15 of home runs, slugging percentage, isolated slugging, and his 95.5mph exit velocity places him in the top five in baseball alongside Fernando Tatís Jr. Miguel Sanó, Juan Soto, and Gregory Polanco.
And this more than just a small sample blip. Since June 5th, 2019, when Teoscar made his return from a demotion to the minors, he has hit .259/.323./.567 with 30 home runs, in 105 games. That translates to a .366 wOBA and a 130wRC+, per Fangraphs. His .308 ISO (slugging percentage minus batting average) of .308 ties him with José Ramírez and Aaron Judge for fifth in baseball. For context, the four hitters above Hernandez are Jorge Soler, Soto, Nelson Cruz, and Mike Trout. If that wasn’t enough Teoscar’s average exit velocity of 92.9mph places him eighth among qualified hitters.
So yeah Teoscar has some serious power. What’s kept him from tapping into that power and becoming a more consistent power hitter, has been the swing and miss in his game. He strikes out way too much. …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Teoscar Hernandez is back and apparently he’s going to play some centre field

The Teoscar Experience is migrating to centre field!

The Blue Jays announced today that Hernandez has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo and that Jonathan Davis will be sent down in a corresponding roster move.

Expect Teoscar Hernandez to play more center this time up. He played CF in 9 of his last 11 starts with Buffalo – biggest assignment since 2017. #BlueJays
— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) June 5, 2019

Hernandez was optioned to Buffalo a few weeks ago thanks largely to a horrific start to the season offensively. Through 39 games, Hernandez was slashing a .189/.262/.299 line, nowhere near what he produced in his decent 2018 rookie season.
He didn’t smash the cover off the ball in Buffalo, or anything, slashing a .253/.313/.480 line over 19 games, but he can’t possibly fare much worse than Jonathan Davis. When he was called up, Davis was Buffalo’s hottest hitter, but he ran into a wall at the Major League level. Through 51 plate appearances, Davis had just seven hits, one for extra bases, and he struck out 13 times while walking just twice.
Hernandez played nine of his 11 games in centre field for Buffalo, so it’ll be interesting to see how that goes. As we know, Hernandez, uh, isn’t exactly known …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Struggling Teoscar Hernandez gets sent to Triple-A

It looks like Teoscar Hernandez’s miserable four-strikeout showing yesterday afternoon in San Fransisco was the last straw. The struggling outfielder has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo and infielder Richard Urena has been recalled in his place.

We’ve recalled INF Richard Ureña and optioned OF Teoscar Hernández to the @BuffaloBisons.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 16, 2019

After a decent rookie season in 2018 in which he slashed a .239/.302/.468 line with 22 homers, Hernandez has had a disastrous start to the season. He has a .562 OPS in 39 games, just three home runs, and a whopping 42 strikeouts to a paltry 13 walks. And, as we know, his glove certainly isn’t going to make up for his lack of production at the plate.
Charlie Montoyo commented on Hernandez after yesterday’s game, noting that it was clear the 26-year-old was lacking confidence…

Teoscar Hernandez struck out four times today
Charlie Montoyo: “He hasn’t looked good lately. I was hoping he’d come out of it … For sure his confidence is down. Everybody can tell by looking at him”#BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) May 15, 2019

I had thought Lourdes Gurriel might be coming up to replace Hernandez. Earlier today, Shi …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Teoscar Hernandez went to hell and back last night

Welcome to the Teoscar Hernandez experience! While Hernandez has a lot of upside, mostly in his bat, he’s certainly prone to gaffes, both in the field and on the bases. Last night, we got a look at both ends of Hernandez’s spectrum.

In the sixth inning, Hernandez was standing at first with Brandon Drury at the plate and the Jays down 3-1. Drury took a 2-2 pitch for a ball, thought for some reason that he took a walk, and began to jog to first base. Hernandez, obviously confused about what was going on, began trotting to second base. The pitcher threw the ball to the first baseman and tagged Hernandez out before he could make it safely back to first.

Uhhhhhhhhh. Okay! I’ll be honest, I don’t think this is on Hernandez so much as it is on Drury. I mean, Hernandez is the one who looks like a donkey on the play because he got thrown out, but the batter reaaaaaally needs to know what the count is.
Anyways, Hernandez obviously felt bad about the play, but he ended up compensating for it soon after when …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation