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Blue Jays Battling for Second Place in Their Division

BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Toronto Blue Jays Left Fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (13) and Toronto Blue Jays Center Fielder Randal Grichuk (15) and Toronto Blue Jays Right Fielder Cavan Biggio (8) celebrate the victory after the ninth inning of the Major League Baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays on September 7, 2020, at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY.
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Much to the shock of many fans, the Toronto Blue Jays are looking like a playoff team in 2020.

The Blue Jays are battling with the New York Yankees for second in the division. They’re currently sitting one game ahead of the Yankees.

The Blue Jays haven’t been in contention since 2016 when they had Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Donaldson. Since then, a lot has changed for the ball club.

Furthermore, not a single player from the Jays 2015 and 2016 playoff runs remain on the team. After a few years where the club spent the majority of the season near the basement of their division, the franchise looks like it’s ready to compete again.

Competing Ahead of Schedule

The team’s management has spent the last few years, acquiring an abundance of young prospects.

The Blue Jays were expected to be a very good ball club — but not this early.

Experts and analysts predicted the club to be a competing team by 2022. However, Toronto is competing ahead of schedule. Thanks to fair play from Bichette, Gurriel Jr, a breakout season from Teoscar Hernandez, and terrific pitching from Hyun Jin-Ryu.

According to Baseball-Reference, the Blue Jays have an 89.5% chance of making the postseason this year.

Teoscar Hernandez’s Breakout Season Is Big Part of Blue Jays Success

One of the significant factors in the Blue Jays successful 2020 campaign has been the stellar play of Teoscar Hernandez.

Hernandez currently has a .308 BA, .358 OBP, and is fighting for the league lead in home runs with 14. Those numbers are good enough to put him in a tie with Fernando Tatis Jr for second place.

Unfortunately for the ball club, Hernandez has been placed on the 10-day IL with an oblique injury.

All things considered, this is probably the best outcome for Hernandez and the Blue Jays. The original report regarding his injury stated that he would miss “significant time.”

Time To Prove Themselves

The Blue Jays played their first of a three-game series against the Yankees last night. The Blue Jays showed up and proved they’re not intimidated by New York, in what was their biggest game of the season thus far.

Down 6-2 in the sixth inning, Toronto came alive with a stolen base from Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Additionally, Danny Jansen’s grand slam to right-center field capped off the Blue Jays’ first ten-run inning in a decade. Toronto ended up taking the game 12-7.

Nine of the Blue Jays remaining nineteen games are against the pinstripes.

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