Now that the Blue Jays have officially clinched a spot in the 2023 MLB playoffs, it's time to get down to business. The Minnesota Twins, as injury-riddled as they are, are going to be a dangerous opponent that should not be taken lightly.
Sure, the Twins are currently riding an 18-game playoff losing streak (yes, you read that right), but there's a reason they won their division. Leading their rotation are two Cy Young candidates, Pablo Lopez and Sonny Gray. Jhoan Duran and Caleb Thielbar carried the bullpen throughout the season and of course, their offense is filled with talent.
Max Kepler, Ryan Jeffers, Matt Wallner, Edouard Julien and the oft-injured Royce Lewis were some of the more exciting Twins bats to watch on the season. Lewis, currently on the injured list, is a possibility to be activated in time for the WC Series which should strike fear into the Blue Jays, as he has been a legitimate weapon when healthy.
John Schneider and the Blue Jays have until 10:00 AM ET Tuesday morning to determine which 26 players will be making the Wild Card roster. During the regular season, it's common practice to carry exactly 13 pitchers and exactly 13 position players, but things change a bit during the postseason; especially during the Wild Card Series.
Since the WC Series is a best of three, there's no need for teams to carry all five of their starting pitchers, as there's a chance only two of them will be needed. Sure, they could be stashed in the bullpen and be used as relievers, but the likeliest scenario feels like the Jays will carry 14 position players and 12 pitchers.
To keep up with all of the postseason happenings for the Blue Jays, including start times for all of the games, pitching matchups and more, be sure to follow along with our Blue Jays Playoff Tracker piece.
Let's get into it.