This afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays faced the Oakland A’s. John Schneider’s men were doing it with Yusei Kikuchi on the mound.
And even if the club does not play tomorrow and has no bullpen day by Saturday, Kikuchi pitched like a guy who wanted to preserve the bullpen.
Because in seven innings of work, the pitcher passed eight members of the A’s in the mitt and he gave up only one small run.
Cavan Biggio, Santiago Espinal, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette have been among the Jays’ most productive players.
But don’t forget George Springer, who homered on his first turn at bat.
This isn’t the first time this has happened to him. And as a first hitter, let’s just say that helps start Blue Jays games off right.
It was the 55th time in his career that he had done so. In MLB history, only Rickey Henderson can boast of doing better than that.
Currently, the Blue Jays are 1/2 game behind the Yankees, who are third in the American League East Division.
They are 10 games behind Tampa Bay and 5.5 behind Baltimore.