Toronto Blue Jays: 3 keys to beating Tampa Bay Rays

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27, Bo Bichette #11 and Cavan Biggio #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /

Bichette, Biggio and Guerrero Jr. have to rise to occasion

It is no secret that Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Biggio are the face of this franchise and this is where they make sure the rest of the league knows what they are capable of.

Unlike the 2015 and 2016 teams, this is a group that is unproven but aren’t letting outside noise get in the way of their ultimate goal. They don’t just see this season as a learning experience but a chance to take advantage of an opportunity.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was a bright spot this season finishing with a .308/.348/.534 slash line with 11 home runs and 33 RBI. Of course, Teoscar Hernandez was the breakout star and while his injury dampened his true potential for what he could have done, he can be an important bat.

What can make this team that much better is having Bichette return to his pre-injury form as he understandably struggled to get back up to speed when he came back. Biggio continues to show his value by playing various positions and finding a way to get on base and hit a home run that can create some momentum.

Then there is Guerrero Jr. who has had a tough time this season with a lot of critics expressing their concern with areas of his game that were underwhelming. While errors at first base were expected, Guerrero Jr. struggled behind the plate in the early part of the season but there were improvements made as the season went along.

The great think about the post-season is that it provides a fresh start for the players who need it and it also provides the stage for those who need the pressure to perform. For the Blue Jays, Biggio, Bichette and Guerrero will need to rise to the occasion.