Blue Jays opt not to play Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Victoria Day

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 18: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays warms uo before the game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 18: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays warms uo before the game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /
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The Toronto Blue Jays may want to reconsider their decision not to play Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at home versus the Boston Red Sox on Victoria Day.

The Toronto Blue Jays have released their starting lineup for today’s contest and it will surprisingly be lacking Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The lineup omission is mind-boggling considering the Blue Jays are struggling track record at the ticket gate this season.

The Jays are playing on holiday Monday at home versus the Boston Red Sox, kinda seems like a perfect opportunity to showcase the young third baseman and reward the fans making the trek to the City on a holiday. Brandon Drury instead will get the call to man the hot corner over Vladdy in game one of their four-game series with their division rival.

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Over the last road trip, Vladdy hit .350/.435/.950 with four homers, five runs scored and nine runs batted in. Those numbers don’t exactly scream that the 20-year old needs a day-off.

Eric Sogard was initially penciled in atop the order but was a late scratch due to a sprained thumb. Sogard has been one of the few unexpected bright spots this season hitting .295/.392/.511 with four homers and three stolen bases in 24 games since his promotion.

Newly acquired hurler Edwin Jackson will make his second start as a Blue Jay and his first start in front of the home crowd. Jackson scattered two runs over five innings while fanning two versus the Giants. Jackson will be opposite former Blue Jays hurler David Price who toes the rubber for the Red Sox.

The Jays have reportedly seen a 25% decrease in attendance already this season so the timing is peculiar for Vladdy not to be included in the contest. Perhaps there is more to the decision, however, on its face, it appears someone dropped the ball on this one.

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So, if you are reading this while you are on your way down to the Rogers Centre, prepare yourself that you won’t be seeing Vladdy Jr. in the starting lineup today.

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