Toronto Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (24) is one of the best hitters this season.
Guerrero showed MVP-level performance in 2021, marking his third year with a batting average of 0.311 and 48 home runs, 111 RBIs, 123 runs scored, and OPS 1.002. He stood as a leading hitter in the Major League, ranking first in seven categories, including American League (AL) home runs, scoring, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+, and Ruta.
Without Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), the “myth of pitching and hitting” AL MVP would have been Guerrero. He didn’t get a single first place vote in the MVP vote. However, he became a superstar at once, being evaluated as entering his so-called heyday. Along with Otani and Juan Soto (San Diego Padres), he was also considered a preliminary FA “Big Three” that can receive a total of $500 million.
However, he slowed down with a batting average of 0.274, 32 home runs, 97 RBIs, 90 points, and an OPS of 0.818 in 160 games last year, and struggled throughout the first half of this season. The batting average fell from .400 in April, .300 in mid-May, and .28 in late May to .27 in late June.
However, looking at the recent 토토사이트순위 ense of hitting, there are clear signs of recovery. He has batted .297 (11 hits in 37 at-bats), four home runs, 12 RBIs and eight runs scored in the last 10 games. In particular, two recent home runs were the winning shots.
Guerrero played as the fourth first baseman in an away game against the Chicago White Sox at Garanteed Rate Field on the 5th (Korea Standard Time), leading to a 4-3 victory with two hits and two RBIs in four at-bats, including a home run.
He hit a home run in the top of the eighth inning, trailing 2-3. When the lead Brandon Belt got a walk, Guerrero pushed the fourth 90.1 mile outside slider in the ball count 2B1S against right-hander Joe Kelly and passed the right fence to the line drive. It had a launch angle of 23 degrees, a batting speed of 106.5 miles, and a distance of 367 feet.
Guerrero, who sensed a home run at the moment of being hit, turned the base vigorously, pointing his finger to the stands where the ball fell. Toronto turned the tables and eventually broke the chain of three consecutive losses.
He also hit the winning home run in a home game against the San Francisco Giants on the 30th of last month. In the bottom of the sixth inning when it was 0-0, he hit a splitter in the middle of 87.5 miles by opposing starter Keaton Wynn with two outs and a runner on first base, easily crossing the left-center fence. It was a winning shot with a 35 degree angle, a batting speed of 111.0 miles, and a distance of 413 feet. Toronto won 2-1.
As a result, Guerrero marked a season batting average of 0.277, 13 home runs, 54 RBIs, 39 runs scored, and an OPS of 0.804. Although OPS+ is still a little above the average at 124, the upward trend has become clear.
‘Guerrero has a strange ability to turn the game around,’ MLB.com said. Guerrero, who hit four home runs in the last 10 games, has finally begun to exude the power that the name engraved on his jersey implies,’ he commented.
Toronto coach John Schneider said after the game, “Vladly in the wind is really dangerous. The sea that everyone knows. He said, “I’m in that state now,” adding, “I’m starting to have consistency in batting. It is certainly encouraging to take the air. With such consistency, we will do something amazing for our team,” he said, expressing satisfaction. It emphasized the “clutch” ability to burst a single shot at a critical moment.
Guerrero said, “All at-bats are very important to me. Especially in the second half of the game, he said, “I’m preparing more mentally.” It is to prepare for an important moment like today. “I hope the pace will continue as it is now,” he expressed his feelings.
Chris Basit, who started on the day, said, “It’s unbelievable power. If he can even hit a single shot, it’s very dangerous for his opponent. Can you believe I’m turning the slider to the right? “There is no ball to beat him,” he said with admiringly.