Six biggest X-Factors for the 2023 Toronto Blue Jays
By Nick Prasad
These two Blue Jays are proven defensive gems who protect the opposite corners and instill fear in a top-heavy Toronto lineup. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Matt Chapman like to play hot potato across the diamond, stop rockets, and lose baseballs in the stands. As long as they continue to do this together, the Blue Jays offense will be intact. Vladdy launched 32 home runs in 2022 while driving in 97 RBIs while Chapman launched 27 dingers and 76 RBIs; both with a .339 and .324 on-base percentage. This offensive duo is extremely important to the Blue Jays doing damage in the AL East. The offensive downfall of either of the two can be detrimental to the lineup.
The Blue Jays relied on this arm to secure 36 of their 92 wins in the late innings of 2022. Jordan Romano is a serious X-factor in 2023 and will continuously be looked upon to close the doors in close games. The importance of him locating, executing, and being an effective stopper will be key to the Blue Jays putting wins in the bag. His success or downfall can drastically affect the win column for the team.