4 key takeaways from the Blue Jays sweep over the Mets

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The Blue Jays are getting strong offensive performances from some recently-cold bats.

Through the first few months of the 2023 season, multiple players on the Blue Jays have ran into some cold stretches. This includes a few players who were heavily expected to put the team on their backs out of the gate, including George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Brandon Belt and Daulton Varsho.

Springer has really been picking it up lately at the plate after a very slow start to the year. In April/March, he hit three home runs in 28 appearances with a .225 average and 66 OPS+. In essentially all offensive categories, he was not the player fans expected him to be. After a red-hot May in which he hit four home runs with a .287 average and 128 OPS+, Springer has been continuing his clinic at the dish. In his last five games, he is 6-for-26 with a home run, two stolen bases and a run driven in.

Guerrero, 24, has been hitting the ball well so far this year but for some reason can't seem to get going at home. He has nine home runs on the season and has yet to homer at home and has an OPS+ of 68. However, he has been a whole different player on the road, which came to light once again in the recent series against the Mets. Vladdy was 5-for-11 against the Mets, hitting a home run and driving in a pair of runs.

Belt joined Springer as two of the more underrated hitters on the Jays from the month of May who really began to turn things around. The Twitterverse has completely done a 180 on him and now believes he is legit, routinely labeling him as "the only player who cares on this team". While he isn't the only one, he certainly has been hitting the ball likes he cares lately. Against the Mets, he hit a pair of doubles on Saturday with a run scored and then hit a home run on Sunday, also drawing a total of three walks in the series.

Then there's Varsho, who is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak. His tenure on the Blue Jays has not started the way anybody expected it to, but he's slowly but surely starting to turn things around. He has hit two home runs during this current streak with four runs driven in and five runs scored. His 84 OPS+ puts him well below league-average at the plate, but it is highly encouraging that he's riding a hot streak and remains on the best defensive outfielders in the league.