Blue Jays Manager John Schneider talking to Toronto Media
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Jays announce new roles for players in effort to turn things around

Published May 7, 2024 at 9:26 PM
BY MAVERICK MITCHELL
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The Toronto Blue jays are redefining roles for Davis Schneider, Alek Manoah and other Blue Jays, in effort to try and turn the season around.

"The Toronto Blue Jays are struggling, sitting at 16-19 and scoring only 3.66 runs per game while allowing 4.71 runs per game. Manager John Schneider emphasizes the urgency to improve performance."


"The time is now. The time is not, 'It's going to happen.' The time is now. What are we going to do to do it?" Blue Jays manager John Schneider said over the weekend when asked when things would turn around (via MLB.com). "... It's not that early. The runway gets shorter and shorter."



The simple answer to the struggles is that key players need to be playing at a higher level than what they have shown. Vladdy seems to be turning things around but players like, Bo Bichette, Alejandro Kirk, and George Springer are underperforming.

The Jays expect to solidify new roles for players like Davis Schneider and Danny Jansen, where they will move up in the order to motivate the players behind them.

Another big addition could be in calling up Orelvis Martinez from Triple-A. As Toronto's third-ranked prospect, he is batting .296/.367/.574 with eight home runs in 29 Triple-A games this season. His exit velocity numbers are impressive, and his 22.7% strikeout rate falls below the 24.1% International League average. Clearly, he's excelling.

ORELVIS MARTINEZ HOME RUN!


For a bold move, the Blue Jays could shift Justin Turner to third base and give Spencer Horowitz a shot at DH. Horwitz boasts an impressive .342/.467/.487 batting line.


The biggest thing is to change the issues with the bullpen, which have shown to be lackluster with the MLB's worst overall ERA average. Management needs to stop signing minor league relivers and get some talent for the back end.

Source: CBS - How the Blue Jays can shake up roster before it's too late: New roles for Davis Schneider, Alek Manoah, more
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