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Sports Blue Jays standings 2021: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for AL wild-card spots

03:30  15 september  2021
03:30  15 september  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

Blue Jays firing on all cylinders as playoff chances skyrocket

  Blue Jays firing on all cylinders as playoff chances skyrocket Theoretically, the MLB season is the ultimate marathon where success and failure is determined by consistency, and small slices shouldn’t determine any team’s fate. For the Toronto Blue Jays, though, the last 12 games have flipped the script on their entire season. On the morning of Aug. 28, the team was coming off a brutal 2-1 loss at the hands of the Detroit Tigers, and had lost 11 of its last 17 — largely against less-than-impressive competition. Not only were the Blue Jays 6.5 games out of a wild-card spot, FanGraphs gave them playoff odds of just 5.2 percent.

The Blue Jays played zero home games in Toronto for most of the first four months this season due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. As things currently stand, they're positioned to host a win-or-go home playoff game at Rogers Centre at the start of October. Toronto has come out of the gates on fire in The Rays are primed to clinch the division, holding a comfortable lead, but Toronto's torrid stretch has added a third AL East team to the race for the league's two wild - card spots , along with the Red Sox. Series against Tampa Bay and New York remain on the Blue Jays ' schedule, making for an exciting

The Blue Jays played zero home games in Toronto for most of the first four months this season due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. As things currently stand, they're positioned to host a win-or-go home playoff game at Rogers Centre at the start of October. Toronto has come out of the gates on fire in The AL East was expected to be a four-team race this season, but the Jays and Yankees have played inconsistent at times. The Rays are primed to clinch the division, holding a comfortable lead, but Toronto's torrid stretch has added a third AL East team to the race for the league's two wild - card

It's September baseball and the Blue Jays are smack-dab in the middle of the playoff race.

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Last season, Toronto's club surprisingly made the postseason for the first time since 2016 thanks to the expanded format amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They were swept in the wild card round by the Rays but it laid a foundation, a taste of playoff action, for this young squad. (The 2021 season is back to the normal format of 10 teams advancing).

While the team has been bolstered by the play of the likes of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Marcus Semien and Robbie Ray, a slot in this year's postseason gala was never guaranteed — even when the calendar turned to September. In fact, per FanGraphs, Toronto's chances of making the playoffs was considerably lower at the start of the month:

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The Toronto Blue Jays , New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are slugging it out in the American League Wild - Card race. On Monday, both the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees picked up wins, while the Boston Here are the games of note Tuesday which will impact the AL wild - card race

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  • Sept. 1: 10 percent chance of making the postseason
  • Sept. 7: 37 percent
  • Sept. 14: 72.5 percent

What a mighty turn; within two weeks, the Boys of Summer from Canada have positioned themselves for a spot in the Fall Classic. Of course, there are still some games to be played, and the AL East crown has all been decided (Rays) but things are looking good for a Blue Jays wild card spot.

Here's an in-depth look at how the Blue Jays' 2021 American League wild-card run is going:

Last updated: 5:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 14. All probabilities from FanGraphs.

AL Wild Card playoff standings 2021

1. Toronto Blue Jays (81-63, +1.0)

  • Remaining games: 18
  • Remaining opponents: vs. Rays (Sept. 14-15); vs. Twins (Sept. 17-19); at Rays (Sept. 20-22); at Twins (Sept. 23-26); vs. Yankees (Sept. 28-30); vs. Orioles (Oct. 1-3)
  • Win percentage: .563
  • Playoff probability: 73.1 percent

The Blue Jays are 15-2 in the last 17 games.

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28, the Toronto Blue Jays have slugged their way into an American League wild - card spot and are set for a wild stretch run, entering Monday tied with the Boston Red Sox for the AL wild - card spots , a game ahead of the New York Yankees. Toronto scored 44 runs over the last 23 innings of a Guerrero leads the AL with a batting .319 average, his 44 homers are tied for the lead and his 102 RBI are tied for third through Sunday. The Blue Jays play six of their next nine against the first-place Tampa Bay Rays, but also have seven against the Minnesota Twins before finally getting a shot at the Yankees to

In that case, the Blue Jays would host the Wild Card Game by virtue of head-to-head record against the Orioles. The Jays are trying to hold onto a playoff spot . Blue Jays and Orioles lose AND Tigers win: Tigers would play Monday's makeup game, and if they win the Blue Jays would get first pick, assuredly Team A, and the Orioles would get second pick, which means choosing hosting one do-or-die game for the second wild card or playing twice on the road with two shots at making the postseason.

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2. New York Yankees (80-64)

  • Remaining games: 18
  • Remaining opponents: at Orioles (Sept. 14-16); vs. Indians (Sept. 17-19); vs. Rangers (Sept. 20-22); at Red Sox (Sept. 24-26); at Blue Jays (Sept. 28-30); vs. Rays (Oct. 1-3)
  • Win percentage: .556
  • Playoff probability: 55.4 percent

The Yankees went 1-2 vs. the Mets over the weekend and were outscored 24-17.

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3. Boston Red Sox (81-65, Games back: 0)

  • Remaining games: 16
  • Remaining opponents: at Mariners (Sept. 14-15); vs. Orioles (Sept. 17-19); vs. Mets (Sept. 21-22); vs. Yankees (Sept. 24-26); at Orioles (Sept. 28-30); at Nationals (Oct. 1-3)
  • Win percentage: .555
  • Playoff probability: 62.7 percent

Boston is tied with New York in the standings, but the Yankees have two games in hand.

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4. Seattle Mariners (78-66, Games back: 2.0)

  • Remaining games: 18
  • Remaining opponents: vs. Red Sox (Sept. 14-15); at Royals (Sept. 17-19); at Athletics (Sept. 20-23); at Angels (Sept. 24-26); vs. Athletics (Sept. 27-29); vs. Angels (Oct. 1-3)
  • Win percentage: .542
  • Playoff probability: 4.2 percent

This series with the Red Sox is critical to the Mariners staying in the thick of the race.

Alek Manoah making history as Blue Jays barge into playoff spot

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The 2021 MLB season is rapidly winding down , and as it nears its finish several postseason races have drawn most of the focus. All but two divisional races appear locked up. The Braves surged into first place in August and are holding to the top spot early in September with the Phillies and Mets not too In the American League, the Red Sox and Yankees entered September clinging to the top two spots , but have faced pressure from the Blue Jays , Mariners and Athletics. The team that finishes second in the NL West is all but guaranteed to wrap up the first wild card , but the second spot is wide open as

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5. Oakland Athletics (77-66; Games back: 2.5)

  • Remaining games: 19
  • Remaining opponents: at Royals (Sept. 14-16); at Angels (Sept. 17-19); vs. Mariners (Sept. 20-23); vs. Astros (Sept. 24-26); at Mariners (Sept. 27-29); at Astros (Oct. 1-3)
  • Win percentage: .538
  • Playoff probability: 5.1 percent

Outside of the Blue Jays (+174), Yankees (+28) and Red Sox (+51), the A's (+61) are the only other team with a positive run differential.

6. Cleveland Indians (70-72; Games back: 9.0)

  • Remaining games: 20
  • Remaining opponents: at Twins (Sept. 14 (DH), Sept. 15); at Yankees (Sept. 17-19); vs. Royals (Sept. 20 (DH), Sept. 21-22); vs. White Sox (Sept. 23 (DH), Sept. 24-26); at Royals (Sept. 28-30); at Rangers (Oct. 1-3)
  • Win percentage: .493
  • Playoff probability: 0 percent

The Indians snapped a three-game slide with a win over the Twins in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday.

7. Los Angeles Angels (70-73; Games back: 9.5)

  • Remaining games: 19
  • Remaining opponents: at White Sox (Sept. 14-16); vs. Athletics (Sept. 17-19); vs. Astros (Sept. 20-23); vs. Mariners (Sept. 24-26); at Rangers (Sept. 28-30); at Mariners (Oct. 1-3)
  • Win percentage: .490
  • Playoff probability: 0 percent

Angels need a whole lot of help — and probably won't get it — if they want a wild card spot.

Blue Jays hit five homers, pound Orioles 22-7

  Blue Jays hit five homers, pound Orioles 22-7 BALTIMORE (AP) — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Teoscar Hernández each hit a grand slam, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugged his 44th homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays overpowered the Baltimore Orioles 22-7 Sunday, finishing two runs shy of the franchise record. Guerrero's drive tied him with Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani for the major league lead. Jake Lamb also homered during a 10-run third inning for the Blue Jays, who took three of the four in the series. Toronto scored 44 runs in their three victories. “The last three days, I've been in the game for 35 years, and I've never seen anything like that,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

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8. Detroit Tigers (68-76; Games back: 12)

  • Remaining games: 18
  • Remaining opponents: vs. Brewers (Sept. 14-15); at Rays (Sept. 17-19); vs. White Sox (Sept. 20-22); vs. Royals (Sept. 24-26); at Twins (Sept. 28-30); at White Sox (Oct. 1-3)
  • Win percentage: .472
  • Playoff probability: 0 percent

Tigers are pretty much done too.

9. Kansas City Royals (65-78; Games back: 14.5)

  • Remaining games: 19
  • Remaining opponents: vs. Athletics (Sept. 14-16); vs. Mariners (Sept. 17-19); at Indians (Sept. 20 (DH), Sept. 21-22); at Tigers (Sept. 24-26); vs. Indians (Sept. 28-30); vs. Twins (Oct. 1-3)
  • Win percentage: .455
  • Playoff probability: 0 percent

With four more losses, the Royals will be eliminated.

Officially eliminated from contention: Minnesota Twins (eliminated Sept. 14), Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles

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Ryan Borucki is back in the majors. The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Monday that Borucki has been called up from triple-A Buffalo and will be active for the team's evening game against the Tampa Bay Rays. ROSTER MOVES: ???? LHP Ryan Borucki recalled from Triple-A ???? RHP Trent Thornton optioned to Triple-A pic.twitter.com/wVdKhASOP8 — Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 13, 2021 Borucki was reinstated from the 60-day injured list in mid-July after dealing with a strain in his throwing arm that forced him to the sidelines in May. A 7.50 ERA over six innings upon his return saw the 27-year-old demoted back to the minor-leagues in early August.

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