Congratulations to the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays and their capturing of the American League Eastern Division. It was a long time coming, 22 years, and it was well worth the extra wait for the full blown celebration after they split the doubleheader versus the Orioles at Camden Yards Wednesday. Heck it was after they could have clinched Tuesday but were rained out. For myself that was agonizing enough, but still worth the wait.
Now the real fun will begin and the hope is that it lasts right through into early November with the ultimate goal accomplished, World Series Champions. But there is lots of work before that could be attained. The AL Wild Card game goes Tuesday and with the Yankees on the verge of securing home field for that game, the question is who will the Jays be playing starting Thursday. The Royals defeated the Twins 5-1 so as of this writing, the Jays are 0.5 behind the Royals for home field advantage for the playoffs. Jays play tonight and will have chance to even things again going to the final regular season game tomorrow at 3:10 pm vs Tampa Bay.
So the Jays at this point and several options still to be determined. Texas is on the verge at this moment of clinching the AL West so if current standings stay as they are, the Jays and Rangers will be up on Thursday. Now that poses an intriguing matchup for the Jays as Texas boasts solid firepower that will give the Jays pitchers fits and the fact that Texas, like the Jays, have been on fire in the second half. I would still give the advantage to the Jays as the starters have been among the best in the 2nd half and that’s a decided edge for the Jays. If it’s Price, Stroman, Dickey and Estrada as expected, just look to their second half numbers including now Stroman in September, which has been downright scary. They are among the leaders in ERA and wins. That’s going to be tough for the Rangers to crack regardless of their potent lineup. Continue reading The Playoffs are Here