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TORONTO, ONTARIO - OCTOBER 08: Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 after hitting a home run to center field against Robbie Ray #38 of the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning in game two of the American League Wild Card Series at Rogers Centre on October 08, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - OCTOBER 08: Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 after hitting a home run to center field against Robbie Ray #38 of the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning in game two of the American League Wild Card Series at Rogers Centre on October 08, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 30: The Toronto Blue Jays celebrate clinching a playoff spot after the win against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre on September 30, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

Blue Jays Secure Home Field Advantage for Wild Card Series

October/03/2022

The Toronto Blue Jays last made the postseason in 2020 but haven’t won a playoff game since 2016, as the team was swept by the Tampa Bay Rays during the AL Wild Card matchup two years ago.

This year, the Blue Jays were poised to take the top spot given the offseason acquisitions and the talented core in place but a stellar Yankees squad positioned the Jays for the AL Wild Card instead, fighting for one of the three spots alongside the Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Baltimore Orioles.

While the Jays mathematically locked a spot before heading into the last series of the year in Baltimore, they still needed to fend off the Mariners for first place, which meant the club would either be hosting the AL Wild Card vs. travelling to either Seattle or Tampa Bay after finishing in second.

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The Jays would go on to lock up the first AL Wild Card spot during their first game against Baltimore, as the club won 5-1 in a rain-shortened contest while the Mariners lost to the Detroit Tigers, so late October 3rd, playoff baseball was officially coming back to Canada.

And the rest is history.

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