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Tuesday Bantering: Eric Sogard can not be stopped

He’s been on fire since debuting with the Blue Jays.

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Eric Sogard is doused with sunflower seeds in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics.
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Since coming up to the Toronto Blue Jays on April 16, Eric Sogard has been absolutely unstoppable.

He’s played in 10 games and collected hits in every one, totaling 17 hits in 41 at-bats. That’s good for a .415 batting average, and with five walks, he has an OBP of .478. Not to mention the fact that half of his games have been multi-hit efforts — including two three-hit games. He’s also hit, in short succession, two lead-off home runs.

All this success amounts to a WAR of 0.8. That’s an average of 0.0879 WPA per game, and only two games over his 10 where he’s posted a negative WPA.

“I don’t try to do anything different than in the past,” Sogard told the Toronto Star. “I think I’ve always been a player who likes to see pitches and learn more about pitchers that way. I’m happy to have this opportunity, and I’m going to try and help this team win as many games as I can.”

The Blue Jays are rapidly approaching an infield logjam with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. sure to return to the big leagues soon, along with a debut from the equally-hot Cavan Biggio, but for now, Sogard isn’t stopping for anyone.

Other stuff:

  • Matt Shoemaker underwent surgery on his torn ACL today, beginning his grueling, months-long rehab process.
  • Michael Baumann at The Ringer wrote an article comparing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to other recent number one prospects. It’s an interesting read to contextualize all the hype around Vladdy.
  • Just, yikes (“Cubs alleged to threaten writers who criticize Addison Russell; Cubs dispute report”). Sometimes I am especially glad to be a Blue Jays fan.