Blue Jays’ Hernandez proves again why he’s a pivotal part of the lineup

TORONTO — Lost amid the growing talk about Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s triple-crown bid is that one of his Toronto Blue Jays teammates may very well prevent him from accomplishing the feat.

Quietly, without the fanfare his performance this year merits, Teoscar Hernandez claimed the club lead in RBIs with a three-run homer Saturday, a high arching drive to left field that decided a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

At 106 RBIs, Hernandez sat third in the American League ahead of the evening slate of games, trailing only Salvador Perez and Jose Abreu. Guerrero, who walked and scored on the decisive fourth-inning drive, is two behind at 104, while leading the AL in both homers (46) and average (.318).

Hernandez said he wants to try and beat Guerrero for the RBI crown, “but if he has a chance to win the triple crown, I think I’m going to (ask manager) Charlie Montoyo to not play that day so he can pass me and win the triple crown. That’s more important to me.”

That Hernandez was so tight on Guerrero’s tail before leapfrogging him is a byproduct of the depth of offence the Blue Jays have produced.

Guerrero, for obvious reasons, has drawn much of the attention in what’s been among the best, if not the best, offensive season in franchise history when you factor in his age and the era of pitching. Marcus Semien, whose solo shot to open the…

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