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Every Monday during the 2018 season, 500 Level Fan will take a look back at the week that was, giving readers a snapshot of all things Blue Jays, including three top stories and the Blue Jay player of the week.
This is what happened in week 10.
- From Bad to Worse
The 2018 Blue Jays season has not been pretty, but it reached a whole new level of bad last week. Toronto went into Fenway and were ripped apart by the Red Sox in a humiliating three-game sweep. The Jays were outscored 22-10, and honestly that differential was a lot closer than the games actually were. The starting pitching was abysmal (again) with Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada, and Sam Gaviglio lasting a combined 14.2 innings and putting up a 9.20 ERA and 1.64 WHIP. The club then marched into Detroit to face the rebuilding Tigers and were thoroughly spanked in the first two games, looking further away from contention than Detroit. Instead of looking up in the standings fans should now look down and hope that we can continue to stay ahead of the O’s.
- Smoak Slugging
While the rest of the team is seemingly self-imploding, Justin Smoak continues to produce in the middle of the order. After his breakout 2017 campaign the jury was still out as to whether his success was sustainable, but he has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is the real deal. Smoak slugged two home runs last week en route to posting a 1.230 OPS, and almost single-handedly willed the Jays to their lone win yesterday in Detroit. For the season Smoak has 9 HR and 33 RBI and leads the team with an .855 OPS. His .386 OBP is 8th best in the American League, only a few percentage points behind All-Stars Jose Ramirez and Manny Machado. At 31 years of age and set to hit free agency after the season does the front office try to extend him as one of the leaders of future Jays teams, or deal him for anything they can get in July?
- Guerrero Hurt
Blue Jays fans everywhere uttered a collective groan of horror when the news dropped on Saturday that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. left New Hampshire’s game after stepping awkwardly on first base. With the big league club enduring a terrible season to date, one of the only things keeping fans going is looking at Vladdy’s minor league numbers and dreaming about him heading north, so you can imagine the concern. The good news, at least according to Shi Davidi, is that the injury is not considered to be serious, but just how much it will impact any potential call-up is yet to be seen. Guerrero is destroying AA right now, and bringing him up might be the only thing to save the rest of the year in Toronto.
Player of the Week
Justin Smoak, 1B
7-for-20, 5 BB, 2 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, .350 / .480 / .750 / 1.230
Down on the Farm
A look at how the minor league affiliates are doing
Reminder: Better Days Are Ahead
Stats as at June 3 (AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats)
The Look Ahead
June 5 – 6 vs. New York Yankees
June 7 – 10 vs. Baltimore Orioles