It’s a season with many surprises and impressive storylines around the league. One of the things that surprised me was the Toronto Blue Jays not being in the first place. I never thought that the Yankees would have the kind of seasons they’re having. I predicted the Jays to finish in the first place before the season started, just like I think many of you reading this article also thought.
Thanks to the playoff expansion, the Blue Jays are currently in second place in the AL Wild Card race. Which team would the Jays be better off facing in the playoffs (assuming they make it)?
The questions are intriguing because teams like the Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, or even the surprising Baltimore Orioles could come out of the Wild Card and potentially face the Jays. I believe the Blue Jays would have a more compelling matchup against the Seattle Mariners.
With the playoffs just around the corner and the Blue Jays fighting for a Wild Card spot, who would they be better off facing in October?
I feel that both teams ended the 2021 season on a solid but unsatisfactory note. Both squads entered this season thinking, “We will be back and better than 2021.” You even had Guerrero Jr. saying that last season was the “trailer,” and this season, we will see the “movie.” The Jays and Mariners are young, have depth, a solid farm system, and are inexperienced in October baseball. But that’s not always a big deal because you have players who don’t get nervous in October. They treat the playoffs like a regular game.
This season, in the seven games they played against each other, the Mariners have won five. Their last series ended with Seattle sweeping the Blue Jays on the west coast. This is another reason why the Jays should match up against the Mariners. They need to redeem themselves and settle the score. You want to beat the team that gave you problems in the regular season.
Lately, the Seattle Mariners locked down rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez with a 14-year contract extension that includes $210 million guaranteed but could grow to more than $400 million. Rodriguez has emerged as a breakout star and is having a great rookie season.
He’s not going anywhere. Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette are going to want a piece of the pie as well. If the Jays can offer a contract like that to both men, as crazy and insane as those contracts are, it will add more excitement between both teams going forward. A future competitive rivalry between the Jays and Mariners doesn’t sound too bad if you ask me.