Bo Bichette hits fourth for first time this season as Blue Jays hope to create runs

TORONTO – All-star shortstop Bo Bichette hit fourth for the Toronto BlueJays on Thursday within the finale of a important three-game sequence with the New York Yankees.

Bichette’s .301 batting common leads the BlueJays this yr and he is tied with outfielder George Springer for second most runs batted in with 71. First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., has 94 RBIs.

“Simply making an attempt to get Bo up with guys on base, actually,” mentioned BlueJays supervisor John Schneider in his workplace earlier than the sport. “Certainly one of our greatest hitters with runners in scoring place.

“I do know it appears to be like very reactionary however it’s one thing we have been speaking about for a very long time.”

Bichette has hit second within the order all season however Toronto has been shut out by the Yankees within the first two video games of their three-game set at Rogers Centre.

Michael King and Cy Younger favorite Gerrit Cole did many of the work to maintain the BlueJays off the scoreboard in 2-0 and 6-0 victories on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cole’s full sport shutout was particularly spectacular.

“(King and Cole) are good regardless of the way you lineup your 9,” mentioned Schneider. “It is one thing that we have talked about. It was (Springer) earlier within the yr.

“Simply making an attempt to generate some extra contact or do some injury with guys on base.”

Toronto holds the second wild-card spot within the American League with 4 video games left within the common season, and a win over New York would assist the membership clinch a playoff berth.

The Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners are chasing the BlueJays within the playoff hunt. Houston had Thursday off and the Mariners hosted the Texas Rangers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Sept. 28, 2023.