The ultra-competitive American League wild-card race continues this week in Toronto. The Toronto Blue Jays will host the New York Yankees, an AL East rival and one of the teams they are trying to chase down for a wild-card spot, for a three-game set at Rogers Centre. Given the stakes, it is essentially a postseason series. Watch Yankees vs Blue Jays HD live stream free to the following link:
Toronto Blue Jays vs New York Yankees
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 30. Time: 7:07 p.m. ET
Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
While the Blue Jays currently enjoy a two-game win streak, they have struggled to generate consistent results since returning to postseason contention during a 15-2 run that began in late August. The Blue Jays have stumbled to a middling 6-6 record in 12 outings since then while tallying consecutive victories on just two occasions during that stretch.
It is apparent that the run support wheels are losing air at the end of the highway. It is also apparent that frustration of the cooldown has reduced the usual Blue Jays “loose and living” dugout morale. Big bats have been mufflered out with spurts of production while the starting pitching has been decent and above, but not properly supported by runs. It is clear that stranded runners don’t help; if you’re watching these games, you’ll notice the lack of execution in key situations, leaving ducks on the pond.
In a catch-your-breath Monday day off for both teams, Toronto was sitting two games back of the Yankees for the first wild-card spot. One behind Boston for the second spot after pumping oxygen into their post-season aspirations by splitting a weekend quartet with the Twins. Simultaneously leaving New York and the Red Sox to duke it out at Fenway, where the Pinstripes swept their hosts in rather dramatic fashion. Meanwhile, the Mariners have also become an annoyance, trailing Toronto by one game as of this writing.
Let’s close with a prediction because there’s no good reason not to. The official CBS Sports prediction: Yankees win two of three, which would potentially end Toronto’s postseason push. It wouldn’t be impossible for the Blue Jays to rebound from that to make the postseason, but it would be very difficult with the Red Sox facing the O’s and Nationals this week.