TORONTO, ON., Sept. 24, 2020 — The Toronto Blue Jays can clinch their first playoff spot since 2016 with a win tonight over the New York Yankees.
The Jays are hoping to ride the momentum after the club’s 14-1 thumping of the New York Yankees last night that saw 16 hits from Toronto as well as two solo homers from big bat Danny Jansen.
You can thank the pandemic and Major League Baseball’s expanded playoff format for this year’s likely playoff run.
A total of 16 clubs, double the usual number, will be fighting it out for the World Series in 2020 with eight teams representing each league.
Toronto currently holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the American League and would face the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Series if the standings don’t change before season’s end.
The first round of the playoffs is a best-of-three affair with all home games taking place at the higher seed’s ballpark.
Toronto was a wild-card entry the last time it made the postseason back in 2016 when the Jays went on to the AL Championship Series for the second year in a row before losing to the Cleveland Indians.
Tonight’s opening pitch against the Yankees gets thrown at 6:37pm/ET at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY.
story by David Goldberg