Jays must weigh in and take first place in wildcard race


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Whether the Blue Jays clinch a playoff berth while inactive today (with a Red Sox win over the Orioles), tomorrow, or the day after, it will almost certainly happen.

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Fangraph had their odds of landing a spot at 99.9% on Sept. 21, and they’ve gone 3-4 since then.

But what will they do when they arrive at the post-season tournament?

Since the system allowing more than just division winners in the playoffs was first implemented in 1994 with one team from each league qualifier, the World Series has been won seven times by a wild card team:

– Florida Marlins, in 1997 and 2003.

– Anaheim Angels in 2002.

–Boston Red Sox in 2004.

– St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.

– San Francisco Giants in 2014.

– Washington Nationals in 2019.

A wild-card team appeared in the World Series each year from 2002 to 2007.

What the Jays want to do is clinch the top wild card spot so they can stage all three games (if necessary) in the best-of-three Wild Card Series, which will be played between Friday, October 7 and Sunday, October 7. october. 9.

Historically, home teams have won 54.7% of all postseason games.

It’s only a slight advantage, but at this time of year, any advantage is good.

They also want to take the wildcard spot cleanly, as they lose tiebreakers to Seattle and Tampa.

Since this afternoon, Toronto has a half-game lead over Tampa and two over Seattle.

Meanwhile, as of September 27, the Jays had the sixth-shortest odds to win the World Series at +1700 at bet365.

-Don Brennan

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