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Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen hit his 14th home run of the season Wednesday, a solo shot off of New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole in the sixth inning of an 8-3 loss. Jansen also walked in four plate appearances. Jansen has a solid .841 OPS with 31 runs scored and 38 RBI in 228 plate appearances this year. In Jansen and fellow backstop Alejandro Kirk, the Blue Jays have gotten excellent production from their catchers, and both should be on the radar for fantasy managers heading into 2023.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (hamstring) still hasn't run the bases, but the team is hoping he can do that on Friday. Infielder Santiago Espinal (oblique) is a little behind Gurriel in his rehab progression. He has just started baseball activities and is just hitting off a tee. If he doesn't have any setbacks on Friday, there's a chance he could still appear in one of the final games of the regular season. However, fantasy managers with a title still on the line shouldn't be expecting much, if anything. The 28-year-old Cuban slugger has been great this year for Toronto in his 453 at-bats, hitting .291/.343/.400 with five home runs, 52 RBI, 52 runs scored and three stolen bases. The Blue Jays will be hoping that he's fully healthy by the time the playoffs start.
Toronto Blue Jays starter Jose Berrios struggled in his latest outing on Tuesday, surrendering nine hits, five earned runs and a pair of walks in 5 1/3 innings of work against the New York Yankees. The veteran didn't allow a home run and did strike out seven while logging 12 swinging strikes and a strong 39% CSW rate, but he allowed too many base runners. In 31 starts spanning 166 innings this season, Berrios has turned in a 5.37 ERA, a 5.24 FIP, 144 strikeouts and 42 walks. He's logged a win in 11 of those 31 starts.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer hit a leadoff home run Tuesday, taking Jameson Taillon deep in a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees. Springer also singled and scored an additional run in four trips to the plate. He now has 24 long balls on the year to go with 86 runs scored, 72 RBI, and 13 stolen bases. Springer is finishing strong with a .283/.333/.617 slash line and five home runs over his last 15 games. Fantasy managers can hardly complain about his overall production, even if his .810 OPS falls short of his .851 career mark.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman kept his team in the game in Monday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Yankees. Gausman took a no-decision but pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits (including a solo home run) and a walk with seven strikeouts. Gausman has now been a high-end fantasy starter for three straight seasons, going 12-10 with a 3.30 ERA and 10.54 K/9 rate through 30 starts. He will have the opportunity to wrap up the regular season on a high note with his final matchup coming at home against the Red Sox.