Blue Jays: Jay Bird Watching Podcast: Episode 275
Is this ever stressful or what?
The Toronto Blue Jays have 10 games remaining on their schedule and as of this article going live and at the time of the Jay Bird Watching podcast being recorded, the Blue Jays and New York Yankees find themselves even in the standings. The Yankees have a chance to pull ahead by .5 games with a win versus the Texas Rangers tonight or a loss sends them back to .5 back of Toronto.
*Update- the Yankees ended up beating the Rangers, which moves them 0.5 game ahead of the Blue Jays for the 2nd Wild Card spot.
Despite losing two of three at Tropicana Field against the pesky and annoying Tampa Bay Rays, the Blue Jays are in good shape going to Target Field to play the Minnesota Twins. As alluded to above, the worst they’d be is 0.5 back of New York or the best they would be is 0.5 up on them. The Blue Jays then have a chance to pull a full game ahead of the Yankees by adding another 0.5 by beating Minnesota tomorrow night.
Brendan Panikkar hosts Craig Borden and Adam Corsair on the second episode since Jay Bird Watching became the official podcast of Jays Journal. The crew recaps the Twins series where the Jays took two of three but lost a struggling (and injured) Hyun Jin-Ryu to the 10 day Injured List. The series was status quo after that Friday loss.
As the discussion continues, the Jay Bird Watching crew review the Rays series, the Kevin Kiermaier drama and the potential fallout from Ryan Borucki hitting Kiermaier, which then saw Pete Walker get tossed.
After recapping the last six games of Blue Jays baseball, the crew resets the standings and the scenario for the next four games between episodes, as the next podcast will come on Monday, September 27th on the off day to recap the Twins series and preview the series that likely determines if the Blue Jays or Yankees take the final playoff spot. All of this is assuming the Boston Red Sox win the series against the Yankees this weekend while the Blue Jays take care of business at Minnesota.
Should the Blue Jays not take care of business or even if they do and the Yankees manage to win or sweep Boston, then things will get interesting on the next show of Jay Bird Watching. Regardless, it will be a stressful next week and a half for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays and why wouldn’t we want this? It’s fun. It’s meaningful September baseball.