What can we say about Davis Schneider. He had been everything the Jays had been looking for in terms of boosting their run production down the stretch. With the Jays’ offence struggling somewhat heading into the final two months of the season, the callup of Schneider ignited the team as he led the breakout with his bat. In his first 21 games with the big league club, Schneider hit a scorching .403 with a 1.416 OPS, along with 18 runs scored, nine doubles, seven home runs, 19 RBI, 17 walks and 22 strikeouts. More importantly, the Jays went 14-7 in those games that he played, as he appeared to be unstoppable.
However, he is currently mired in quite the slump, as in his past 13 games, Schneider has only tallied three hits in a total of 50 plate appearances, posting a dreadful .067 batting average, .316 OPS with three runs scored, one home run, one RBI and 20 strikeouts. As a result, he has been noticeably absent from the starting lineup during the Jays’ crucial last week of play of the season.
Even though Schneider has had an amazing start to his MLB career, his recent extended slump is a huge concern as it showed that there were still some things he needs to work on at the big league level, especially when pitchers have finally figured him out. With Cavan Biggio’s recent stellar play, along with the return of Brandon Belt from the IL and Santiago Espinal serving as the backup bench player, Schneider unfortunately will probably find himself without a role on the Jays’ playoff roster. In addition, putting him right into the stressful playoff atmosphere won’t be the ideal situation in helping him get out of his slump either.
Therefore, his exclusion will probably cause a riot among the Jays’ faithful, but with his bat being his main calling card suddenly going deep cold heading into the playoffs, the Jays may have no choice but to leave him off the playoff roster.