Blue Jays playoff odds fall to 5% as the season begins to look completely lost

Toronto is on a six-game losing streak entering a pivotal week facing two division rivals.
Toronto Blue Jays v Chicago White Sox
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The Blue Jays' season continued on a downward trajectory yesterday after it was announced that number two prospect Orelvis Martinez was suspended for 80 games for testing positive for PEDs. Also, they suffered their second-straight sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Guardians. As a result their playoff odds dropped to 5%. Only the Angels, White Sox and Athletics have worse odds in the American League. Consequently, there's hardly anything to get excited about.

The Blue Jays are in the middle of their rough schedule where they won't face a team currently under .500 until they meet the resurgent Houston Astros. Since this stretch of the schedule started, they've gone 3-9 putting them at a season low of seven games under .500.

They've lost key players to injury including: Bo Bichette, Yimi Garcia, Alek Manoah and Jordan Romano. Star players have continued to underperform - George Springer and Kevin Kiermaier - not to mention Danny Jansen, who's hitting .085 over his past 15 games. On the flip side, Spencer Horwitz, Isiah-Kiner-Falefa, Daulton Varsho and Davis Schneider have been bright spots.

Prior to the game on Sunday, Ross Atkins was asked about the state of the team, and he believed that the team could get out of this, with his words echoed by John Schneider in his post-game availability.

With the current situation the Blue Jays find themselves in, the likelihood that they'll be sellers at the Trade Deadline increases, which Ken Rosenthal hinted at earlier this year. They have six players, who will be unrestricted free agents, that they're likely to move, mostly notably: Justin Turner, Yimi Garcia and Yusei Kikuchi, even though he's posted an abysmal 6.32 ERA in his past seven starts. There have been rumors regarding, Jordan Romano, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette who'll be free agents after 2025; though Ross Atkins has previously said they have no interest in trading the latter duo.

This week simply won't get any easier for the Blue Jays. On Monday they'll begin a three-game series with the Red Sox, who swept them last week, before heading home to play a four-game series with the Yankees. The Blue Jays will have to start pick up wins soon if they want to get back into Wild Card race, but with low playoff odds and 6.5 games back of contention, the 2024 season is beginning to feel lost.