2023-08-07 · 3 min read · MLB/Baseball
Jays' Davis Schneider

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A week ago, 28th-round draft pick Davis Schneider - also 28th on Toronto’s top-30 prospect chart - sat in Buffalo with Toronto’s AAA squad as they faced Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the final game of their six-game series. Having a career year with the Bisons, the 24-year-old still had yet to crack Toronto’s 40-man roster, much less occupy a major league roster spot.
Now, as Toronto leaves Boston on the heels of a convincing three-game series sweep, Davis don’t-call-me-John Schneider has set an impressive MLB record - the Blue Jays rookie is the first player ever to record 9 hits and 2 home runs across his first three games.
Starting at 2B in his MLB debut on Friday, Schneider wasted no time by jumping on James Paxton’s first pitch to him and smashing it onto the top of the green monster. Two days and plenty of hits later, Schneider smacked his second major league bomb - this time off lefty Chris Murphy, a two-run shot. A 4-RBI day on Sunday helped propel his new club to a 13-1 drubbing of Boston, with Toronto now sitting just a half-game back of the second Wild Card spot.
The Red Sox provided little pushback throughout the weekend, with only Saturday’s 5-4 Toronto win feeling remotely competitive. Paul Dejong made his Blue Jays debut as well, though his 2-14 weekend was, evidently, overshadowed by just about everything else.
On the other side of the ball, great starts from Manoah(!), Berrios, and Bassitt - going 6 ⅔, 5 ⅔, and 7, respectively - was a sight for sore eyes, as Toronto entered this series 0-7 against Boston on the year. With help from the bullpen (and ex-Blue Jay Reese McGuire’s unhinged baserunning), the Toronto starters allowed a nice break for the bullpen.
The Blue Jays now enter a four-game series in Cleveland before returning home, as they face the Guardians - a team coming off some drama themselves, with a Jose Ramirez-Tim Anderson hockey-style fight ensuing at second base just days ago. Amidst a beleaguered AL Central, Cleveland is - realistically - the only team in striking distance of the Minnesota Twins, as they sit 4.5 games back at 54-58.
If the season ended today, Toronto would face the winner of the AL Central in the first round of playoffs - in this case, the aforementioned Twins. As of now, there’s only one team above .500 in the Central, as Minnesota sits 59-54.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will get his second start of the year in the series opener versus Cleveland, as he’ll square off with righty Gavin Williams, Cleveland’s 2021 1st-round pick. The first pitch flies at 7:10 pm at Progressive Field.
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