BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Vlad Jr. hits HR 18 and Blue Jays win, lead Majors

Welcome to the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. experience, it is a bit more complex than I expected.

Guerrero dispatched his 18th home run of the season in Saturday’s 6-2 win over the Astros at Sahlen Field, reclaiming the league lead from Fernando Tatis Jr. and Ronald Acuña Jr.

He also wanted to see with the bat still in hand, until the ball went through the left wall.

You have seen this image before. Moments like that are why Guerrero Jr. has been one of the most hyped young bats in baseball since the teens of grainy video footage in the Dominican Republic. However, Guerrero has finally evolved. Watching him play now requires a larger bingo card, with squares that just didn’t exist before, such as “single on the square” and “featured defensive game.”

Guerrero’s 3.4 WAR leads all of baseball, and while his value relies heavily on his bat at first base, his execution and defense are now part of the package, not something of which he is valuable.

In total he went 4-3 with two RBIs to add 47 and raised his average to .338 .. His teammate Teóscar Hernández hit 3-1.


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