After a rocky September, the Toronto Blue Jays finally sealed a wild-card playoff spot.
The Blue Jays had a quiet celebration on the field, then let the champagne flow in the visitor's clubhouse at Fenway Park after their victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Their post-season journey now begins as they face a clash against the Baltimore Orioles.
Here are a couple of reasons why the beloved Canadians could perhaps go deep into the playoffs.
The stats look in their favour. Yes, teams like Chicago Cubs boast more well-known rosters, but statistics don’t lie. The Blue Jays actually lead the American League in ERA (3.78) and batting average against (.242) – impressive numbers.
Possible dark-horses Jays don’t have an AL-leading ERA thanks to a couple of players alone.
Mexican Roberto Osuna has been solidly putting in the numbers, converting 36 of 41 save opportunities with a 2.68 ERA.
Joaquin Benoit recently received a calf muscle injury and initially had a big effect on the team’s performance. However, ahead of Osuna there is the talented Joe Biagini and veteran Jason Grilli. Not to mention lefty Brett Cecil.
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Toronto’s bench is deep with the likes of Darwin Barney, Ryan Goins, Justin Smoak and outfielders Ezequiel Carrera and Melvin Upton Jr. They might not be the fastest, but they provide nous and calmness.
The Blue Jays should head into their battle with the Orioles confident, they look to be over their worst form and, if they play like they did earlier in the season, should have no problem in sweeping them aside.