Toronto Blue Jays fans are rejoicing after a series win against the New York Yankees this weekend. The Blue Jays have increased the lead on the rest of the American League East and a division title may now be in sight. The Yankees did come back to win the fourth game of the series on Sunday, September 13, but the first three games of the series made a huge statement.
During the first three games of the weekend, the Blue Jays scored 30 total runs to win all three. It was a huge statement about how good this team has become, especially since all the wins came on the road. Moving forward, the team now has a magic numbers that could clinch the division before the end of September.
In the updated MLB standings from Sunday night, the Toronto Blue Jays now have 3-and-a-half games lead over the New York Yankees. With just 19 games left to play in the regular season, that is a huge margin for the two teams. The Yankees have 20 games left, meaning there is still a shot to catch up, but it gets slimmer with each passing day.
The Blue Jays now get a much-needed day off on Monday, September 14, before opening a three game series against the Atlanta Braves. It’s the final stop on this tough road trip, but it gives the Blue Jays a struggling opponent to possibly add some wins. From there, the team returns home for three games against the Boston Red Sox and then three more against the Yankees.
Over in the wild card race, the Yankees still maintain a three game lead over the 75-67 Texas Rangers. Just behind the Rangers are the 74-68 Minnesota Twins and 72-70 Los Angeles Angels. While the Yankees seem to have a safe lead, these other teams have started to catch up over the last week. The team will need to start racking up wins to hold on to at least the wild card.
It seems that all the deals heading into the All-Star break and right after it have really turned this Blue Jays team around. Led by Josh Donaldson and David Price, the roster could be good enough to take on any other team in the postseason. It’s all about getting there for the first time in years though. The magic number for the Toronto Blue Jays is now at just 12 games when it comes to clinching a spot in the 2015 MLB Playoffs.
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