The best and worst September performers from the current Blue Jays roster

Who could make or break the Blue Jays season based on the current players' previous performances down the stretch in the final month of the season?
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Worst September performers

Jordan Hicks

With Cabrera being the smart trade deadline acquisition that could turn out to be a huge difference maker in the final month of the season for the Jays, the same cannot be guaranteed for the other huge deadline acquisition in Jordan Hicks. Ever since Hicks was acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline, he has been throwing intense heat while mowing down opposing hitters in helping the Jays to many wins.

However, looking ahead to September, it has generally been Hicks’ worst month statistically so far in his five-year career in the majors. For his career, he sports an 0-1 record with a gaudy 5.50 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, giving up 11 earned runs, 11 walks and 20 strikeouts in 16 game appearances. The good news is that he hasn’t pitched too much in the final months in previous years, so the stats may be skewed somewhat due to a lack of games. But at the same time, if the stats are indeed a good indication of how he pitches down the stretch, it could be bad news for the Jays. That is because for someone that constantly throws heaters reaching triple digits, it could signify that fatigue could be a factor leading to his less than stellar numbers in the final month of the season.

If that is indeed the case, the Jays should utilized Hicks very carefully in these final few weeks to maintain his effectiveness. If he needs more rest between outings to be at his best, so be it and make sure it happens. But if he can somehow prove this year that what was seen in the past is just an anomaly and that he can be his dominant self no matter what month of the season it is, we are definitely here for it if so.