Bo Bichette has been the most polarizing member of the Toronto Blue Jays this season. From his tape-measure home runs to his “Bo Flow”, he’s a player who demands your attention. Unfortunately, he’s been garnering plenty of eyes on him due to his porous defense at shortstop.

Bichette committed 3 errors this week and now has 6 on the season. He hasn’t been the only player making mistakes but he has been the biggest culprit. His struggles with the glove are preventing him from becoming a great player. The team’s collective defense has been a huge reason why they’ve struggled coming out of the gate.

The Offspring

Dan Shulman relayed an interesting story about the landing spot of Bichette’s home run on Tuesday night. The ball cleared the green monster and landed in front of a building that was once a Gold’s Gym. Back in 1991, Bo’s father Dante met his future wife, and Bo’s mother, Mariana in the same building. 

Dante Bichette was then a member of the Milwaukee Brewers on a road trip to Fenway Park. Joe Castiglione, the Red Sox radio announcer, first told the story before it was broadcasted by Sportsnet’s Hazel May on Wednesday night. 

The Jays’ PR staff was able to retrieve the ball. The fans who originally got the ball were presented with some Bo Bichette autographed baseballs in exchange for the momento. The sentimental value had to be through the roof for the Bichette family.

His home run was his fifth of the season, tied for the team lead. He also had an RBI single in Wednesday’s 6-3 win over the Red Sox. Unfortunately, other than that, his highlights at the plate have been few and far between lately. He went just 5 for 35 on the road trip that just ended. He was also replaced at shortstop by Marcus Semien in the series finale against the Rays. The team has been saying all the right things but there’s no way they aren’t concerned.

Cavan!

The other Blue Jays player who has been struggling mightily, especially defensively, is Cavan Biggio. Invariably, when the ball gets hit his way, this is my reaction:

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In addition to his 5 errors Biggio is hitting just .169 with 3 RBI. That hasn’t stopped Manager Charlie Montoyo from putting him at the top of the lineup.

Perhaps the Jays did Cavan a disservice by moving him around the diamond so much early in his career. Specialization is valuable, but only if the player can perform at least at an average level at multiple spots.

Much was made of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. learning a new position, first base, before the start of last season. Vladdy has worked hard to get into better shape and improve at his craft. The other guys around him need to do a better job of not bouncing throws.

Some Call Me Tim

I’ve been showing a lot of love to the Blue Jays’ bullpen this season and for good reason. Entering Sunday’s game the relief corps had the second-lowest ERA in baseball (2.32). One hurler that has escaped my praises is Tim Mayza. He had three good appearances this week and has a 0.00 ERA in 6.1 innings.

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Honorable mention goes to Anthony Castro. After an impressive camp, Castro has proved that he belongs in the big leagues. He recorded his first MLB save on Wednesday and has pitched to a 1.93 ERA over 9.1 innings.

Injury News

Hyun-Jin Ryu left Sunday’s game with what’s being described as a minor right glute strain. The Jays can’t afford to lose Ryu for an extended period of time. He likely won’t need to start again until Saturday so hopefully, the extra rest helps him return.

George Springer played in a pair of simulated games at the Blue Jays alternate training site. Look for him to make his long-anticipated team debut on Tuesday versus the Washington Nationals.

Jordan Romano returned to the pitching staff but didn’t look great in his first game on Saturday. Julian Merryweather won’t throw off a mound for another two weeks. His return is about a month away.

Finally, Teoscar Hernández has returned to the team following his positive COVID-19 test earlier in the month. He has begun taking batting practice as the Jays evaluate his health status.

Lefty Loosey

The Blue Jays have committed thirteen errors this season. Fourteen of them have come from the left side of their infield.

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Graeme Wallace

My name is Graeme Wallace and I love sports I grew up with the Blue Jays World Series Championship teams in '92 and '93. There were some lean years in between but some good ones too, all leading up to Jose Bautista's epic bat flip in 2015. I'm so excited to be a part of Belly Up Sports!

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