Recent off every other electrical day trip in opposition to the Yankees Wednesday evening, the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays now have themselves a seven-game win streak — and feature been victorious in 10 of the remaining 11 — as they stay up for their ultimate matchup of this an important four-game collection in New York.
Right here’s a better take a look at the place they stand within the MLB playoff image…
If the playoffs started lately
The highest groups in each and every department make the playoffs. Along with the six department winners, the highest final two groups in keeping with league qualify as wild playing cards for a complete of 10 playoff groups.
The wild card groups in each and every league face off in winner-take-all video games for the risk to advance to the LDS in opposition to the highest seeded department winner. In the meantime, the rest two department winners fit up in opposition to one every other in each and every league.
If the post-season started lately, those 5 American League groups would qualify:
Wild-card sport: Boston Purple Sox vs. New York Yankees
No. 1 Tampa Bay Rays vs. winner of untamed card sport
No. 2 Houston Astros vs. No. 3 Chicago White Sox
And those 5 Nationwide League groups would qualify:
Wild card sport: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres
No. 1 San Francisco Giants vs. winner of untamed card sport
No. 2 Milwaukee Brewers vs. No. 3 Atlanta Braves
In putting distance
Once we remaining checked in per week in the past, Toronto sat in the back of the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners because the golf equipment closest to difficult for a wild card spot. They have got since leapfrogged each groups and are knocking at the door.
With their 76-62 file, the Blue Jays are actually the nearest American League squad to leaping into the wild-card image. Proper in the back of them is Seattle (76-64) adopted carefully by means of Oakland (75-64), leaving no room for error.
In the meantime, within the Nationwide League, it is all about the most productive groups within the NL West. The Giants jumped from the primary wild-card spot as much as the No. 1 seed prior to now week, bumping the Dodgers down because the department’s most sensible groups jockey for post-season place. Realistically, there may be truly just one wild card spot up for grabs right here. Cincinnati (74-67) is these days the nearest group at the out of doors taking a look in, adopted by means of Philadelphia (71-68).
Blue Jays’ FanGraphs odds: 41.9% | Blue Jays’ Baseball-Reference odds: 55.8%
Seattle’s FanGraphs odds: 5.6% | Seattle’s Baseball-Reference odds: 9.4%
Oakland’s FanGraphs odds: 7.7% | Oakland’s Baseball-Reference odds: 14.7%
The Blue Jays will ship José Berríos to the mound on Thursday as they target to finish the collection sweep, whilst the Yankees will counter with Nestor Cortes Jr. In the meantime, the A’s will face the White Sox and the Mariners have Thursday off ahead of dealing with the Diamondbacks Friday.