Right now, the Toronto Blue Jays are within reach of a very special season. While most of the nation was spending time watching football, the Blue Jays put up a football type score on Sunday in Baltimore.
Furthermore, the Blue Jays scored 22 runs to take two of three games after a Saturday that saw them slug their way into a twinbill sweep of a doubleheader. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 44th home run of the season to tie himself for the lead in the sport at the moment.
In fact, his chase for the Triple Crown is gaining a little steam and talk. Equally important, if the season ended today, the Blue Jays would be hosting the Wildcard game in the American League playoffs since the Red Sox and Yankees both lost their games.
Also in this game, Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit grand slams. It’s the type of thing where the Jays have so much offense, it’s just hard with a subpar pitching staff to keep them off the board. Bolstered in the middle of the lineup by a monster like Guerrero Jr., it would be a real shame to see them fall short of the playoffs now that they have caught seemingly unreachable Boston and the Yankees.
However they have their work cut out for them, returning to Tampa this week in what seems to be a house of horrors for them. Make no mistake about it, this is going to be one of the biggest tests of their entire season and may well define whether or not they make the playoffs. They won’t be scoring runs with reckless abandon down in Tampa as they did in Toronto and Baltimore and Yankee Stadium over the past weeks. They will have to play hard, grind-it-out baseball.