Bo Bichette needs to improve his stick eye


Since the start of the season, offensively speaking, we can’t fault Bo Bichette much. He’s a sure-hit machine with more than one goal, hitting hard and looking for consistency.

Last year, I often wrote that Bo Bichette was the star the Jays needed. He’s present with the fans and he’s quite a hitter.

Even Randal Grichuk believed he had the potential to be the best hitter in franchise history.

Ultimately, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. took his beating, which made Bo Bichette seem to have been relegated to the background by force of circumstance.

That said, that doesn’t make him a two of spades, on the contrary.

Questioned on the performance of the young man, the journalist Keegan Matheson still affirms that the shortstop is of the type « face of the franchise » by his talent and his actions. He is a leader in the locker room of his family despite his young age and its impact on the game is considerable.

But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have things to improve. In addition to his defensive play (obviously), he must still start working on his patience at the bat and draw inspiration, for this purpose, from Vladdy Junior.

For several weeks now, Bichette has found herself constantly in a no-ball two-strike situation. He almost always launches on the first shot of a batting presence, which could hurt him in the long run.

As Matheson points out, it’s in the long run that it could hurt. After all, when he’s on fire, he can afford to fall behind in the account and get by.

But in the long term? It will hurt him. He cannot keep up the pace for years since during off-peak times the pitchers will have too big a edge if it is systematically late in the account.

Patience has to be worked on. He will have to do it for the long haul. Having said that, since he’s doing well these days, he might not want to change a method that works. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it …

Charlie Montoyo will have to find a way to explain it to him without it going through a transformation of his way of thinking following a long slump.

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