The Toronto Blue Jays were right near the .500 mark as the trade deadline approached. They had to make a decision whether to be a “buyer” or a “seller” at the deadline. The franchise has not played in a postseason game since Joe Carter hit a walk-off homer off of Mitch Williams to win the 1993 World Series. Apparently they feel like that has gone on for too long and they have decided to go all in to get there this year.
First the Jays added All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, which would have been a pretty big deal if they had done nothing else. But the Jays did not stop there. They added All-Star starting pitcher David Price to give them the one thing they have been lacking, an ace starting pitcher.
The Jays have the best offense in baseball, even before adding Tulowitzki. The reason they have been hanging around .500 is they couldn’t pitch. They have solved that problem for at least once every fifth game with the addition of Price. Tulo will also help the other pitchers with his defense. Jose Reyes had been having a tough season in the field before being shipped to Colorado.
Now the team is set for a stretch run and it is time to go out and perform. The Toronto Blue Jays August schedule stats at Rogers Center with the American League Central leading Kansas City Royals. The Minnesota Twins, who are the first team the Jays need to catch, come in for four games starting on the 3rd. The Twins currently have the second A.L. Wild Card position.
If the Jays feel like they can win the American League East, then they need to circle this series on their schedule, the Jays face the division leading New York Yankees from the 7th through the 9th. They will then head back to Rogers Center for a three game series with the Oakland A’s before a huge three game series with the Yankees from the 14th through the 16th.
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They will travel to face the Philadelphia Phillies on August 18th and 19th and then head out west to face the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers in a pair of three game series. They will then come back to Rogers Center for a three game series with Price’s former team, the Detroit Tigers.
The Toronto Blue Jays September schedule starts at Rogers Center with the Cleveland Indians from August 31 through September 2nd. They will then take on the Orioles there from the 3rd to the 5th. They will then take off on a road trip to the Boston Red Sox for three, then a huge four game series with the Yankees and three games with the Atlanta Braves.
They will then come back to Rogers Center to face the Red Sox September 18-20, the Yankees again from September 21-23 in what could be the biggest series at Rogers Center in a long time and the Tampa Bay Rays from September 25th through the 27th.
They end the month on the road from September 28-30 with a series against the Orioles and end the regular season with the Rays at Tropicana Field October 2-4.
The Jays will be in the running for the rest of the season. If they can get into the postseason, they will be a team nobody will want to face as they will be able to shorten the starting rotation and get Price more starts with all of the travel days. They will be a tough out. So Rogers Center will be a great place to be for the next three months.
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