Blue Jays: So you’re telling me there’s a chance
Every time I am ready to file this season under “D” for disaster and begin planning for 2018 the Toronto Blue Jays pull 7 out of 10 wins out of the proverbial hat and toy with my emotions that maybe, just maybe, there is still a chance.
Today was no different as the Blue Jays wrapped up their series versus the Tampa Bay Rays taking 3 out of 4 and climbing into a tie with both the Rays and the Orioles in the American League East standings.
The Jays now sit only 3 games back of the AL wild card now only behind the Rangers, Mariners, Twins, and Royals in the chase for that elusive last postseason spot. The Jays could conceivably ride the bat of Josh Donaldson up the standings as the third-baseman has put up MVP caliber numbers in August.
Donaldson has hit 11 home runs in his last 19 games and is now hitting .272 with a .940 OPS in what looked like an injury riddled down year for the slugger prior to this month.
The bullpen has been lights out for the past month although Dominic Leone did blow the save yesterday before earning the win thanks to the bat of Justin Smoak.
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When we all the thought the Blue Jays were going to be sellers in August, they may need to look to make a move to shore up a starter if the victories continue to pile up. Marco Estrada was claimed on revocable waivers by an unknown team but it appears he isn’t going anywhere.
The Jays are winners of 7 of their last 10 and are just 3 games under .500 finally treading water in the AL East. Manager John Gibbons is still without pitcher Aaron Sanchez as well as Russell Martin and Troy Tulowitzki and had to rely on both Chris Rowley and Nick Tepesch to secure victories this week versus their division rival.
The team knows they just need to keep putting victories on the board and let the rest handle itself without focussing who have they have to jump in the standings. They have the Cubs, Rays, Twins and Red Sox on the menu for their next four opponents.
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This cast has a never say die attitude and are finally stringing some wins together so you never know. Even if it is still one in a million shot at the postseason, you’re telling me there’s a chance.