Stat of the Day: Ryu ERA in Clemens territory

April 14th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Blue Jays this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

April 14: Blue Jays 5, Yankees 4 -- Ryu dealing at historic pace
The Blue Jays signed Hyun Jin Ryu to be their ace, and that's exactly what he has become. Through 15 starts with the organization, Ryu owns a 2.51 ERA. And if his early starts in 2021 are any indication, that's going to keep shrinking. Ryu boasts the third-best ERA in franchise history after just 15 starts, behind only Roger Clemens (1.90) and Tom Candiotti (2.28). Through Ryu's first three starts this season, he owns a 1.89 ERA and has already shown a tremendous feel for all of his pitches, especially his changeup -- which has been an elite weapon against eager hitters.

April 13: Blue Jays 7, Yankees 3 -- Vlad Jr.'s sprint speed
In 2020, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s average sprint speed was measured by Statcast at 25.3 feet per second. Early this season, he's averaging 27.1 feet per second, and that increase of 1.8 feet per second is the single biggest jump from year to year in baseball. The next closest is Anthony Rizzo, with an increase of 1.1 feet per second.

Guerrero will never be a base-stealer, but we've already seen how his improved athleticism can benefit him on the bases, whether that be stretching a single into a double or advancing a base on a ball in the dirt. This Blue Jays lineup is athletic throughout and aiming to be more aggressive on the bases, so it's great news for the club that Guerrero now fits that philosophy better. Statcast measures this speed by averaging "competitive" runs, when a player is running at maximum effort.

April 12: Yankees 3, Blue Jays 1 -- Vlad Jr.? Or Rocket Man?
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been launching rockets in the early stages of the 2021 season, and his six balls hit harder than 110 mph are the most in the Majors. Guerrero says that his timing is "perfect" right now, and it shows. The young star has been barreling up the ball to all fields and using that advanced plate approach, which showed on Monday against one of the game's best, Gerrit Cole. With a 3-2 count and Bo Bichette on first, Guerrero recognized the massive hole on the right side of the infield and chopped a single right through it.

April 10: Blue Jays 15, Angels 1 -- Bichette's career-high 5 RBIs
Saturday was a banner night for the Blue Jays' offense all around, and that included Bo Bichette knocking in five runs for the first time in his career. Bichette drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning and followed with two-run doubles in the third and fourth. He might've been able to pad his RBI total even more, but he was lifted for Joe Panik after his sixth-inning flyout due to the nature of the blowout. Bichette's five RBIs also tied a Blue Jays record as a shortstop, last achieved by Troy Tulowitzki in 2016.

April 9: Angels 7, Blue Jays 1 -- Blue Jays struggling with K's
The Blue Jays struck out another 12 times in the loss to the Angels, giving them 84 strikeouts as a team through the first eight games of the season, a new club record. This surpasses the previous high of 82, set in 2016. Toronto's lineup has been expanding the zone at times early on and they're dealing with injury troubles already, so they'll now work to make better contact or, at the very least, offset these high strikeout totals with power numbers.

April 8: Angels 7, Blue Jays 5 (11) -- Blue Jays make AL history
The Blue Jays opened another "home" season away from Toronto at Dunedin's TD Ballpark. After starting at Buffalo's Sahlen Field in 2020 and Rogers Centre in 2019, the Blue Jays become the first team in league history to hold home openers in three different cities in three consecutive seasons. Only one other team in MLB history has started at three different home ballparks in three consecutive seasons, when the Boston Braves started at South End Grounds, Fenway Park and Braves Field from 1914-1916.

April 7: Rangers 2, Blue Jays 1 -- Bichette sets club record for home runs in a player's first 80 games
Since Bo Bichette debuted in late 2019, he has been in a full sprint. It still seems that each week, Bichette is setting a Blue Jays record for being the youngest or the fastest player to reach a milestone. Bichette's two-homer game on Tuesday against the Rangers at Globe Life Field gave him 18 for his career, the most by a Toronto hitter over his first 80 games. As usual, Bichette passed an impressive name, topping Fred McGriff's 16. His 103 hits through 80 games are also a club record, topping Alex Rios' 93.

April 6: Rangers 7, Blue Jays 4 -- Grichuk extends hitting streak to 12
Randal Grichuk has typically started slow then heated up, but that's not the case in 2021. The outfielder had two of the biggest hits of the opening series against the Yankees and has carried that success right over to the Texas series, singling twice on Tuesday. This extended Grichuk's hitting streak to 12 games, the second-longest active streak in Major League Baseball, trailing only Andrew Stevenson of the Nationals (13 games). Grichuk's first single encapsulated some of the changes he has made recently, too. Being shifted to the pull side, Grichuk choked up and stayed back on the 91-mph sinker from Dane Dunning before shooting it into the opposite field.

April 5: Blue Jays 6, Rangers 2 -- Vlad Jr. 4th player to hit 25 HR before 23rd birthday
Only three other Blue Jays hitters have reached the 25-home run mark by their 23rd birthday, and it shouldn't be long until Vladimir Guerrero Jr. clears them to have the most prior to turning 23. Guerrero's first home run of the season over the weekend against the Yankees tied him with Travis Snider (25), and he's now closing in on John Olerud and Lloyd Moseby at 27 apiece. Coming off a very strong showing in the Grapefruit League this spring, Guerrero has carried his momentum into the regular season and feels that his timing is "perfect" one week in.

April 4: Blue Jays 3, Yankees 1 -- Bichette becomes fastest hitter in franchise history to reach 100 hits
Bo Bichette opened his career on a tear in late 2019, and following a shortened '20 season, he reached 100 career hits in just his 78th career game on Sunday. Just as impressive is the fact that 45 of those have gone for extra bases, including No. 100 -- a first-inning double to right field. With this mark, Bichette passes Alex Rios (85 games), Devon Travis (93), Brett Lawrie (94), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (96) and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (96).

April 3: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3 -- Semien flashes power, speed
In just his second game as a Blue Jay, Marcus Semien did something the franchise has seen just once before in the past two decades: a homer and two stolen bases from a second baseman. Semien, who had just seven homers and four stolen bases in 53 games last year, lifted a solo shot to left field off Corey Kluber, forcing the righty out of the game. Semien also swiped second base in the first and third innings, but he was unable to score on either occasion.

April 1: Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2 -- Vlad Jr. hits 114.1 mph single off Cole
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scorched the ball in Spring Training, finally adding some loft to his swing, too, after ground balls gave him trouble through the first two years of his career. He wasted no time launching a rocket in the regular season, even with Gerrit Cole on the mound. Guerrero's 114.1 mph single in the second inning was the hardest base hit allowed by the Yankees' ace since Statcast began measuring in 2015. This is nothing new for Guerrero, of course, who has still managed to produce some of the highest exit velocities in baseball recently. Stretching back to the beginning of the 2019 season, Guerrero has 15 batted balls with an exit velocity of 115+ mph, according to Statcast. The next closest? Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, who have seven apiece.