Have Vlad and Bo do what they do best
Without a question, the Jays have been led by rising superstars Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the past few seasons. Being the faces of the franchise, many have put high expectations on their shoulders to carry the team. Very often, the team can only go as far as they bring them, so it is crucial for the Jays’ success that both Bichette and Guerrero remain consistently productive year in and year out.
Last season, Bichette was plagued by a leg injury that took place just prior to the trade deadline. He made a valiant effort in coming back earlier than expected, but it was quite evident in his play that he was not 100 percent for the rest of the season. In the end, he only hit .254 with a .694 OPS along with just 3 home runs and 14 RBI in the final two months of the season.
In the case for Guerrero, he couldn’t come up big during the season when it mattered most as he struggled to a .268 average and a .735 OPS when hitting with runners in scoring position. In addition, Guerrero managed only 9 home runs and 28 RBI in the final two months of the season. To top it off, once the playoffs came around, both he and Bichette ended up being virtually invisible against the Minnesota Twins, subsequently leading to their early exit from the postseason.
So for the team to have sustained success in 2024 and beyond, they will need both Bichette and Guerrero to be as healthy as possible, along with being the potential difference maker on both the offensive and defensive side of the game. With the dynamic duo firing on all the cylinders in the heart of the Jays’ lineup, they will certainly be an unstoppable force, especially when also provided the complementary pieces to support them to fill out the lineup.