While Matt Chapman has struggled at the plate like many of his Blue Jays teammates, he’s brought a new dimension to their infield defence with his incredible glove work. That’s more or less what the Blue Jays knew they were getting when they traded for Chapman prior to the start of the 2022 campaign. What they had hoped was that Chapman, with a full season in the rearview after hip surgery, could get back to hitting like the player that finished 6th in AL MVP voting in 2019 prior to his injury. Still jury 29 years old, it’s a bet that I’m a fan of, and even after a less than inspiring start at the plate, I still believe the trade the Jays made with Oakland will pay off.
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Chapman went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Friday's 11-7 loss to the Astros. Chapman singled and scored on a Raimel Tapia double in the second inning. He then knocked his fourth homer of the year off of Phil Maton in the seventh. The slugging third baseman is slashing .231/.286/.436 with eight extra-base hits through 21 games as a Blue Jay.
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Chapman went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 6-2 win over the Red Sox. The third baseman crushed a Nathan Eovaldi offering over the fence in left-center field in the seventh inning. Chapman's .246/.303/.443 slash line through 17 games comes with three homers and 10 RBI, and while on the surface his numbers don't look too different from his last couple years in Oakland, there are signs of improvement. His 25.8 percent strikeout rate would be his best mark since 2019 if he can keep it up.
Matt Chapman delivered a two-out, two-strike, run-scoring double in the top of the ninth inning as the visiting Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday. Chapman lined a 2-2 fastball from Astros reliever Hector Neris (1-1) into the left-center-field gap, scoring Vladimir Guerrero...
Chapman went 3-for-4 with an RBI during Thursday's 3-2 win over the Red Sox. Chapman hit a two-out double in his first plate appearance during the second inning but was left stranded. After grounding out to third in his second at-bat, Chapman came up with runners on first and second and recorded an RBI after a pop up over first base fell in for a single. The third baseman came on with a runner on again in the eighth, but Lourdes Gurriel was thrown out at third after Chapman hit a single to left field. Through 13 games, Chapman has eight RBI and and three multi-hit games to go along with two homers.
Chapman went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 7-5 loss to the A's. He took Domingo Acevedo deep in the sixth inning, kicking off a Toronto rally from a 5-2 deficit, but Oakland regained the lead in the ninth. Chapman has had a sluggish start to his stint with the Blue Jays, going 6-for-27 (.222) through nine games, but the third baseman does have two homers and six RBI.
Chapman isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees. Chapman started in each of the first six games of the season and hit .190 with a homer, a double, four RBI and two walks. Santiago Espinal will take his place at the hot corner while Cavan Biggio starts at second base Thursday.