Coming into the 2023 campaign, the Toronto Blue Jays were advertised as one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the major leagues. With a lineup consisting of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, George Springer, and Matt Chapman, among others, it's easy to see why.
Here we are now though, early September, in the midst of a tight Wild Card race, and the team's biggest offensive contributing factors as of late have been players like Santiago Espinal, Cavan Biggio, Davis Schneider, and Spencer Horwitz.
Despite currently narrowly holding onto the final Wild Card spot in the American League, it's been a disappointing offensive season for the Blue Jays -- which has most definitely not been as advertised thus far. Players like Guerrero and Springer have been very disappointing, while Chapman has been much of the same aside from a red-hot April, and Bichette, who has had a fantastic season thus far, has unfortunately had two separate stints on the IL in the past month.
With the big names not producing at the plate as one may expect them to, others have had to pick up the slack offensively, and it has been some very unexpected names. Players like Espinal and Biggio have been huge for the Blue Jays lately, while rookies Schneider and Horwitz have been as well.
Biggio, who is someone who many fans have been clamouring for to be traded for a while now, has been much better at the plate than his season statistics may suggest. Since July 1st, he is hitting .234 with 13 RBI's and he has come up with a handful of clutch hits over the past few series.
Schneider and Horwitz have been welcome surprises thus far as well. Schneider, whose legend just seemingly continues to grow with every at-bat, is slashing an unreal .385/.512/.846 so far in his MLB career. Horwitz, who was recently called up from Triple-A Buffalo as well, already has four RBI in only 24 plate appearances.