Blue Jays records that could be broken in 2022

TORONTO, ONTARIO - OCTOBER 3: George Springer #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates his home run with teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 in the first inning during their MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre on October 3, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - OCTOBER 3: George Springer #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates his home run with teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 in the first inning during their MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre on October 3, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 10: George Springer #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a home run in the first inning during a MLB game against the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre on April 10, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

George Springer

It should go without saying that whomever is batting leadoff in a lineup that features the likes of Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, and Teoscar Hernández is bound to score a lot of runs. George Springer is that guy and seems like an immediate threat to break the record for most runs in a single season in Blue Jays history.

The current record is held by Shawn Green, who scored 134 times in 1999, and while it may be a bit more than Springer’s career-high of 116, set in 2016, he’s certainly not far off. In 2021 he scored 59 in 78 games, which would have put him on pace for 122 over a full season. Now obviously he would have to be getting on base a lot to even have the opportunity to score that many times, but if he even puts up an OBP somewhere in the range of .350, the talent surrounding him should be more than enough to help him push for that record. He also has the ability to drive himself in, with 24 total home runs in just 88 games with the Blue Jays.

Another record that seems pretty achievable is most plate appearances. Vernon Wells holds the current record with 735 in 2003, but Springers 744 in 2016 already surpasses that. If he can stay healthy throughout the season, hitting leadoff in one of baseball’s most potent offences should be sending him to the plate very frequently. Again, these won’t be easy records to break, but don’t be surprised if Springer at least gets close.