Blue Jays Player of the Week (July 3-10)

JAYS FROM THE COUCH CONTINUES TO BRING YOU THE BLUE JAYS PITCHER AND HITTER OF THE WEEK, INCLUDING THE FAN VOTE.

 

 

 

Heading into the All-Star break, the Blue Jays have left the first half on a hot streak. After taking the final game of the series against the Cleveland Indians in a convincing 17-1 win, the Jays would continue their winning ways, sweeping the Royals, and then wrap up the week taking three out of four against the Tigers. While many fans were concerned about this team puttering through the first half of the season, it seems as though the pitching, offence, and even the bullpen are working on all six cylinders. The season is far from over, but the Blue Jays will have to continue this hot play throughout August and September, and maybe even into October. With a great week in the books, let’s get to player of the week!

 

Hitter of the Week

 Josh Donaldson .464/.595/.857, 13H, 3HR, 8RBI

Last year’s AL MVP certainly has found his form again. Donaldson had yet another MVP week at the plate, getting on base almost 60% of the time, hitting in eight runs, and an amazing three home runs. His first home run of the week came off a 87mph fastball from Chris Young. This was his longest home run of the season, at an amazing 456.29ft. What makes Donaldson so effective, is his ability to work all parts of the field. In his thirteen hits this week Donaldson pulled the ball for 50% of his hits, working 25% to both centre, and the opposite field. Defences have a tough time aligning against him, keeping them constantly on their toes with every AB. At the beginning of the year, Donaldson was playing at an All-Star level, recently he’s stepped it up to another notch, playing himself back into MVP contention.

 

Runner Up – Michael Saunders .387/.441/.613, 12H, 1HR, 6RBI

Saunders continues to step up to the plate this season and produce. People may say he strikes out a lot (5.7% higher than league average) but he’s had weeks of hitting well over .350, and batting in six runs. Yes, Michael Saunders had a great week on the field but it was off the field where Saunders’ week was made. Since being traded to Toronto in the 2015 offseason, he tore his meniscus stepping on a sprinkler head in Spring Training, and he would miss almost the entire season. As the Blue Jays set out on their playoff run, Saunders was nowhere to be found. We got our first sign of Saunders this offseason when he was almost traded to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Jay Bruce. His production this season has had a vengeance behind it, and his play and numbers warranted him a selection to the MLB All-Star for the first time in his career. Saunders joins only the fifteen Canadian baseball players to become an All-Star. The fans rallied behind Saunders, and voted him a ticket to San Diego this week.

 

Pitcher of the Week

 J.A. Happ 12.2IP, 11H, 1ER, 1BB, 20SO, 0.71ERA

Even though Happ made two starts this week, pitching a total of 12.2IP, he was simply brilliant in both. Against the Indians, Happ would work seven innings, only allowing one run, striking out eleven, while walking nobody! Looking back on his 2016 campaign, this is probably one of his best starts of the year. Amazingly Happ has gone into the seventh inning in half of his eighteen starts, but this was his first time reaching double digit strikeouts this season. In his second start of the week against the Tigers, he would go 5.2IP, allowing no runs, on one walk, and nine strike outs! Since signing with the Blue Jays this offseason, Happ has exceeded everyone’s expectations and proven himself to be one of the best left hand starters in the American League this season.

 

Fan Vote

Josh Donaldson .464/.595/.857, 13H, 3HR, 8RBI

 

This one was obvious, and the fans made it so. Josh Donaldson is your Blue Jays player of the week. Thanks again to all who voted in this weeks poll, make sure you stayed to after the All-Star break!

 

 

 

 

 

*FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Keith Allison UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0

 

 

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Spencer Redmond

Spencer Redmond is a Graduate of the University of Wisconsin. His loves in life are the NBA, MLB, Stats, and his dog Parker.