Blue Jays Stat of the Day: July 2021

July 31st, 2021 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.

July 31: Blue Jays 4, Royals 0 -- Back home again
It's difficult to match what Alek Manoah did through Spring Training and the early weeks of the Minor League season, but his MLB debut has been one of the best in Blue Jays history. His 2.47 ERA through his first nine career starts ranks third in club history behind only Jeff Musselman (2.33) and Kelvim Escobar (2.21). Manoah will continue to be a key piece of the Blue Jays' postseason push in a strong rotation behind ace Hyun Jin Ryu, Robbie Ray and Deadline addition José Berríos.

July 30: Blue Jays 6, Royals 4 -- Back home again
The Blue Jays played their first true home game since Sept. 29, 2019, on Friday, a stretch of 670 days that's the longest in MLB history, more than doubling the Marlins, who went 327 days between the final day of the 2019 season and their 2020 home opener. The Blue Jays also became the first MLB team to ever play home games in three different states or provinces in one season.

July 29: Blue Jays 13, Red Sox 1 -- Power in pitching numbers
The Blue Jays' rotation hasn't needed to burn through too many arms this season, but the bullpen has been a different story, due to injuries and inconsistencies. Toronto has used 33 different pitchers, tying the D-backs, Mets and Rangers for the most in MLB this season. When Brad Hand makes his debut after being acquired from the Nationals, he will be No. 34, and the Blue Jays could take a run at their franchise high of 39, set in 2019.

July 28: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 1 (Game 1); Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1 (Game 2) -- Unstoppable Bichette
Bichette doesn't attempt steals very often, but when he does ... he's unstoppable. At least that's how it's been so far in 2021, as Bichette swiped his 14th base in 14 tries during Game 1 against the Red Sox, then made it 15-for-15 in Game 2. Bichette is the only player in the American League to have a perfect stolen base success rate (minimum 10 attempts). Only six others in the Integration Era have gone 20-for-20 or better in a season, the most recent of which was Alcides Escobar with the Royals in 2013.

July 26: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4 -- Blue Jays reach 150 home runs
Bo Bichette's 18th home run of the season gave the Blue Jays 150 as a team, the most in the American League and the second most in MLB, trailing only the Giants with 151. This is also just the second time in franchise history that Toronto has reached 150 home runs as a team in 96 games or fewer (2000, 160 home runs in first 96 games).

July 25: Mets 5, Blue Jays 4 -- Interleague power
The Blue Jays were held without a home run to close out their series against the Mets in New York, a rarity for one of baseball's most powerful lineups. They launched five in their 10-3 win on Saturday, though, and Toronto's 31 Interleague home runs in 2021 are the most of any team in baseball. Now 14-4 in Interleague play this season, the Blue Jays have also set a new franchise record for Interleague wins in a single season.

July 24: Blue Jays 10, Mets 3 -- Springer dingers at top
George Springer looked right at home in the leadoff role, hitting his 139th career home run from the No. 1 spot. That's the second most among active MLB players, trailing only Colorado's Charlie Blackmon (151).

July 23: Mets 3, Blue Jays 0 -- A rare goose egg
The Blue Jays sit at or near the top of nearly every major offensive category in MLB this season, so it should come as no surprise that they haven't been shut out very often. In fact, it has happened only one other time this year -- a 2-0 loss to the Royals on April 18.

July 21: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4 -- Back for more
George Springer and Teoscar Hernández crushed back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning, marking the ninth time this season that Blue Jays hitters have gone back-to-back. That's the most sets of back-to-back homers by any team in the Majors (Dodgers are second with eight).

July 19: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 4: First-pitch hits
Few teams attack opposing pitchers like the Blue Jays, whether that be early in games or early in counts. Toronto leads the Majors in first-pitch home runs, but it also has two of the top first-pitch hitters in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette. Guerrero leads baseball with 36 hits on the first pitch this season while Bichette is in second place with 32. Guerrero says that his improved fitness has given him more energy and stamina at the plate, which frees him up mentally to attack any pitch he likes.

July 18: Blue Jays 5, Rangers 0 (Game 1) & Blue Jays 10, Rangers 0 (Game 2) -- Feasting on first pitch
When Danny Jansen launched a home run to left field on the first pitch he saw in Sunday Game 1 win, that gave the Blue Jays 32 first-pitch homers on the season. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and George Springer did the same thing in the second half of the doubleheader, too, giving Toronto 34. That's the most in baseball, ahead of Atlanta's 29. The Blue Jays have been aggressive early in counts all season long, which is part confidence and part strategy, and they continue to be one of baseball's hottest lineups.

July 16: Blue Jays 10, Rangers 2 -- Vlad in a league of his own
It's been a big week for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who's coming off winning the All-Star MVP Award at the 2021 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. After a big performance in the win over the Rangers, he also became the first player in MLB history to hit multiple home runs in his first game back from winning the All-Star MVP Award.

July 11: Blue Jays 3, Rays 1 -- Ray's gem matches club record
Robbie Ray turned in one of the best starts of his career in Sunday's win over the Rays, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He became one of only two pitchers in Blue Jays history to go seven or more innings with 11 or more strikeouts and just one hit allowed, joining Brandon Morrow (Aug. 8, 2010, also vs. the Rays). It was a fitting end to Ray's first half of the season, lowering his ERA to 3.13.

July 10: Rays 5, Blue Jays 2 -- Semien leads 2Bs in homers
Marcus Semien launched another no-doubt shot, giving him 22 for the season, most among Major League second basemen. Semien, a first-time All-Star, continues his exceptional season on a one-year deal with the Blue Jays. The veteran is on pace to breeze past his career high of 33, set in '19, and could take a run at the 40-homer plateau.

July 9: Rays 7, Blue Jays 1 -- Nearing record for pitchers used
Between injuries and the bullpen shuffle, the Blue Jays have already used 31 pitchers in 2021, tied with Arizona for the most in the Majors. That's already the fifth most in club history, trailing Toronto's record of 39 set in 2019. The Blue Jays could flirt with that record, too, given the arms in their system and the likelihood that they add one or more pitchers ahead of the Trade Deadline.

July 7: Blue Jays 10, Orioles 2 -- Bichette over century mark
Bo Bichette drove in three runs, including a two-run home run, his 16th of the season. That moved Bichette past 100 RBIs for his career, finishing the night at 101. He's reached that point in just 159 career games, and is in the middle of a season that's earned him his first All-Star Game appearance. With 57 RBIs now in 2021, Bichette could also be in a position to take a run at 100 RBIs in a single season in September.

July 6: Orioles 7, Blue Jays 5 -- Guerrero Jr.'s 28th homer
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. smacked his 28th home run of the season in Tuesday's matchup at Camden Yards, his 83rd game of the year. That's tied for the most home runs by a player age 22 or younger in his first 83 games of the season -- tying Cody Bellinger (2017), Johnny Bench (1970) and Joe DiMaggio (1937).

July 4: Rays 5, Blue Jays 1 -- Bichette's 29th multihit game
When it rains, it pours for Bo Bichette. With another two hits, Bichette has 29 multihit games in 2021. The only other player in the American League with that many? Teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who also has 29.

July 3: Blue Jays 6, Rays 3 -- Guerrero's 117.3-mph double
Almost everything Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits is hammered, but this was impressive even by his standards. In the sixth inning, Guerrero took a 98.5-mph fastball from lefty Shane McClanahan and ripped a 117.3-mph double into the gap. This was the fifth-hardest ball that Guerrero has hit in his career and the second-hardest ball he has hit in 2021.

July 2: Blue Jays 11, Rays 1 -- Manoah sets consecutive K's mark
Alek Manoah didn't take long to get into a groove, striking out a pair of batters in the first inning. Then he struck out the side in the second, and another two to open the third. His seven consecutive strikeouts marked a franchise record, part of 15 straight batters retired by the rookie. Manoah now has 43 strikeouts this season, the most for a Toronto pitcher in his first seven career starts (passing Sean Reid-Foley, who had 42).

July 1: Mariners 7, Blue Jays 2 -- Bichette feasts on first pitch
Bo Bichette is aggressive on every pitch he sees, it seems, but particularly on the first pitch of an at-bat. Bichette's first-pitch swing rate of 44% ranked him third in Major League Baseball entering play on Thursday. Only Milwaukee's Avisaíl García (44.7%) and Tampa Bay's Brandon Lowe (44.7%) have swung at more first pitches this season.