Grichuk went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double in Sunday's loss to the Yankees. Grichuk took former teammate J.A. Happ deep in the first inning to put the Blue Jays up 1-0, though the Yankees would go on to score six runs in the bottom half of the inning en route to an easy win. The 27-year-old outfielder has now gone deep 17 times this season, but his unsightly .227/.285/.456 slash line leaves something to be desired.
Grichuk is not among the starting nine for Saturday's game against the Yankees. Mired in a 2-for-23 slump at the plate over the last seven games, Grichuk will take a day off in favor of Billy McKinney, who will start in left field and lead off for the Blue Jays on Saturday. Grichuk could return to the lineup Sunday, but continued struggles at the dish could lead to more off days down the stretch.
Grichuk went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the 8-5 win over Boston on Thursday. In the last two games, Grichuk has belted a pair of homers and six RBI, bringing him to 16 long balls and 42 RBI on the year. He's raised his batting average from .216 to .234 since the start of August, picking up four multi-hit games along the way.
Grichuk went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 10-5 loss to the Red Sox. It's been 10 games since his last home run, but Grichuk's hardly been quiet at the plate, hitting .302 (13-for-43) during that stretch with two RBI and seven runs scored. The 26-year-old's lack of speed or a consistent OBP make him a very atypical leadoff hitter, but as long as Grichuk is getting time at the top of the Jays' order he'll continue to be a surprisingly useful source of runs.
Grichuk went 4-for-5 with one double, one RBI and two runs scored during Friday's victory over Seattle. Grichuk had one of his best games of the year at the plate (414 wRC+), providing a spark atop Toronto's order as the club's leadoff man Friday. The four-hit performance raised his slash line to .230/.294/.469 and gives manager John Gibbons a reason to keep his bat in the lineup even after Kevin Pillar's (collarbone) return from the DL.
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