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Why the Blue Jays Will Make Playoffs

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Why The Blue Jays will make the Playoffs

The Toronto Blue Jays are due to receive some reinforcements Monday when slugger Jose Bautista returns to the line up for the first time since a June 16th match up with the Philadelphia Phillies. Bautista crashed into the scoreboard in right field, injuring his toe that has kept him sidelined since. The Blue Jays have gone 17-13 since that game.

This could be huge for the Blue Jays playoff push as they sit only 3 games behind division leading Baltimore, and have a 1 game lead over Houston for the final wild card spot. The Jays have been receiving huge contributions from Donaldson and Encarnacion in the last 30 days. Tulowitzki is also finally healthy and hitting, as he has slashed .307/.355/.584 since his return from the disabled list.

Having a healthy middle of the line up for the Blue Jays could pay huge dividends in a very tight divisional race, and could catapult them to first place. The offense of the Jays with those players healthy and hitting can match any offense in the American League hit for hit. If Toronto continues to receive the starting pitching it has all season, and with Marcus Stroman turning a corner they have arguably the best rotation in the division. With not much help available on the trade market this could be huge as Boston acquired its rotational piece and it’s not believed the Orioles have the prospects to get any bullpen or rotational help.

Toronto has also received strong contributions from bench and utility players this year as Smoak has 11 Home runs, Barney is batting .285 and Carrera is hitting .261. Come September the Blue Jays could also use Dalton Pompey and Chris Collabello and company down in the minors to help down the stretch run and give John Gibbons some much-needed match up help.

The Blue Jays are also linked heavily to the starting pitching market and possibly for a left-handed bat, most notably to the San Diego Padres as they could be willing to part with both Cashner and Upton Jr in one trade to maximize the prospects in return. While the Jays would only consider this trade if they move Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen, which they stated at the start of the year they would to protect his arm and manage his innings. Many believe the best option for Toronto would be to skip a couple of his starts, as the Mets did with Matt Harvey last year.

Another factor in the Toronto Blue Jays favour is 23-19 against their division, 28-22 at home and 27-22 on the road, to make playoffs a team must be able to win on the road. Where as Baltimore and Boston have not done as well away from home. The Jays are 5-5 against Baltimore with 9 games left against them and are 7-6 against Boston with 6 games left.


All in all the Jays should be able to handle what is left of their schedule and out duel both Boston and Baltimore to either claim the top wild card spot or the east division crown.