The national question was about our Vlad Guerrero Jr. They asked what his WAR will be at the end of the season. He is off to a slow start, so the slightly negative response is understandable (though a 5 WAR would be a pretty terrific rookie season). Last year’s AL RoY Shohei Ohtani’s bWAR was 3.9 and that was pitching and hitting. NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuña Jr. had a 4.1 bWAR. So expecting a WAR above 5 might be a tad optimistic.
I hate to judge a guy on his first 5 games. I know we all expected him to hit a bunch of homers the first week, but such is life. He’ll be great, it is just taking a little longer than we hoped.
We got to see the good and bad of his defense yesterday. He made a very nice play play and messed up a fairly easy play.
The weekly Blue Jays polls took a step towards the positive.
In the “confidence in the direction of the team” question 95% said they were confident in the team’s direction. I guess the poll came out when we were busy sweeping the A’s. Last week the number was 83%.
And the manager approval number was 100%. I’ll admit I agree. I approve of the Charlie Montoyo. He’s going to do things I don’t like, pinch running for Vlad and cycling through the bullpen pitchers, but I think he can learn. And, honestly, there will never be a manager I always agree with. Managers are allowed to be wrong occasionally. And....it is possible, not likely but possible, that I could be wrong occasionally. But mostly, it is baseball, sometimes there will be more than one right answer.