MLB.com tracks a stat of the day for the Blue Jays this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget of each game.
June 10: White Sox 5, Blue Jays 2 – Vlad Jr. smokes the ball
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s 2021 season was a laser show, rivaled only by Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees. Guerrero is in second place in the MLB with 31 balls hit at over 110 mph this season, and is tied second with three home runs hit over 450 feet. Guerrero’s standard stats are at an MVP level across the board, but no matter how deep you dig into Statcast, it’s still there on top.
June 9: Blue Jays 6, White Sox 2 – Bichette’s 50th multihit game
Bo Bichette went 3 of 5 and his three singles from second place in the lineup marked the 50th game in which shortstop has garnered the most hits since his 2019 debut.
June 8: White Sox 6, Blue Jays 1 – Ray strikeout hat-trick
For the third time in his career, southpaw Robbie Ray has scored 13 batters in a single start. He accomplished the feat without issuing a walk in 6 1/3 innings and required fewer pitches (102) than his other two 13-K starts. Prior to the start of the series, Ray scored 13 hitters in six frames against the Dodgers on July 6, 2017 and the Padres on August 8. 20, 2016.
June 6: Astros 6, Blue Jays 3 – Semien hits the ball hard
After a bad year in 2020, Marcus Semien has once again emerged as one of baseball’s top players this season, having recently been named American League Player of the Month in May. His hard hit rate also jumped from 28.6% to 42.9%, and that + 14.3% increase is in fourth place in Major League Baseball this season. Semien has set the table as Toronto’s leadoff hitter, but regardless of what this lineup will look like when George Springer returns, Semien is one of his cornerstones.
June 5: Blue Jays 6, Astros 2 – Gurriel Jr. shows his arm
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. fielded a base shot to the left field and made a perfect shot at the plate to catch Myles Straw for his seventh outfield assist, tying him for the Major League advantage.
June 4: Astros 13, Blue Jays 1 – Grichuk’s long blast
The only bright spot in the defeat of the Blue Jays against the Astros? Randal Grichuk’s solo home run to the left center court, and he got it all. Grichuk’s 459-foot shot was the fifth longest by a Blue Jays hitter in 2021 and the fourth longest of his career. While Grichuk continues to reduce his strikeout rate, he is now reaching .287 with 12 home runs and an .844 OPS, and has quietly been one of the most valuable players on this roster.
June 2: Blue Jays 6, Marlins 5 – The Blue Jays love home court
The house meant a few different things to the Blue Jays this year, starting in Dunedin, Florida for the first two months before moving to Buffalo, New York on June 1. He was friendly with their hitters, though, as the Blue Jays put up huge numbers in their “home” baseball field. Entering Wednesday’s win over the Marlins in Buffalo, the Blue Jays led baseball in home court average (.278), slugging rate (.494), OPS (.840) and points per game (5.86). Just like Dunedin, Buffalo can be a stepping stone depending on the direction the wind is blowing, so it’s a good time to be a Blue Jays uniformed flyball hitter.
June 1: Blue Jays 5, Marlins 1 – Vlad Jr. dominates the opposite field
The first valid of the season at Sahlen Field in Buffalo went to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., what else. Guerrero threw a low liner in the right corner at the bottom of the first. Double left his bat at 104.3 mph. It’s becoming routine for Guerrero, who, as he did in the Minor Leagues on his way to becoming baseball’s No.1 prospect, is throwing rockets on every court. Guerrero’s slugging rate on balls hit on the opposite court was 0.853 who entered the game on June 1, behind only Fernando Tatis Jr. (1,061) for the highest in MLB.