Blue Jays: How things look for the other Wild Card contenders
As hot as the Blue Jays have been lately, they haven’t made up as much ground you’d like to see, as other Wild Card contenders are playing well right now too.
It’s going to be a very exciting race for the playoffs, especially in the American League Wild Card picture. As of right now I would argue that it’s a four-team race, but admittedly it’s still possible that the Mariners could be a factor as well. I feel like the top four Wild Card contenders are starting to separate themselves from the pack, and that’s the Oakland A’s, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and of course, the Blue Jays. It’s possible that any of those teams factor in their division crowns as well, but for today I wanted to focus on the Wild Card.
It’s a bit unfortunate that there is so much talent in the AL East or perhaps the Blue Jays would be in a better position than they are right now. As things stand the A’s hold the top WC spot with a 1.0 game lead over the Red Sox, who hold the second position. Right behind them are the Yankees at just two games out of a playoff spot, and the Blue Jays just 2.5.
Obviously the A’s and Red Sox are in the more enviable position as of today, but there are a lot more factors at play than a couple of wins. The Blue Jays will largely be in control of their own destiny when it comes to whether or not they’re included in the playoffs, but as we’ve seen over the last two weeks, they’ll need some help from the others as well.
With that in mind, what does the rest of the season look like for the other contenders?