Blue Jays: The potential benefits of making the playoffs in 2020
The Blue Jays have a legitimate chance to make the playoffs this year, and that kind of step would be a significant development for this young roster.
The 2020 season has been a strange one by pretty much any measure you could find, and for Blue Jays fans, it may come with another unexpected surprise.
After sweeping the Orioles in Baltimore to begin the week, the Blue Jays have now pushed their record to 10-11 on the season. More importantly, they’ve made up some significant ground on the Orioles and others in the standings, and have started to gather some momentum. They could be facing a season-defining series with the Rays coming up, which sounds strange to say after just three weeks worth of games, but it may be the truth.
I wrote about it yesterday, and their playoff chances have increased even more after their third straight win over Baltimore. In fact, according to Fangraphs (as of this writing at 6:00pm EST), the Blue Jays are now given a 36.5% chance to qualify for the post-season. When you think back to how many leads they’ve blown so far, it’s hard to believe that they’re still in a relatively positive position.
Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez talked on Wednesday’s broadcast about the potential benefits of making the playoffs in 2020 with this group, and I feel like it’s worth highlighting at least three major points.