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Toronto Blue Jays season update: Work to do in playoff hunt

The Toronto Blue Jays have been in the top half of the league all season and with the regular campaign nearly at its conclusion, they still have some work to do.

This article will highlight their current form, where they sit in terms of making the playoffs, the team leaders for each major statistic and other various team stats compared to the rest of the league 

Current Form and Playoff Position

The Blue Jays won their second consecutive game on Saturday afternoon, beating up on the Kansas Royals by a score of 5-1. 

This win makes them 7-3 in their last 10 games and the Blue Jays are still in with a shout of the third Wild-Card spot in the American League as a result.

They sit 1.5 games clear of the chasing Texas Rangers, but they are also tied with the Seattle Mariners for the second Wild-Card spot, only trailing because of their head-to-head record against them. 

Usually, moving up in the standings would be extremely beneficial. However, as it stands, staying as the third Wild-Card team would mean the Blue Jays would likely have a better matchup in the first-round (currently the Minnesota Twins), compared to having to play the Tampa Bay Rays if they finished with the second Wild-Card.

Team Leaders

With where the Blue Jays are positioned, they certainly have some stand-out players on their roster. 

Leading the way in batting average (of the players who have enough at-bats to qualify) is Bo Bichette at .315. Whit Merrifield is behind him at .281, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at .268, and George Springer at .262. 

Leading in home runs is Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with 21 for the season. George Springer is second with 19, and Bichette is third with 18. 

Guerrero Jr. is also the team leader in RBI’s with 84, Bichette has 64, Springer has 63, and Merrifield has 62. 

In terms of their pitching, the Blue Jays’ leader for the lowest ERA is Kevin Gausman with an ERA of 3.28. 

Yusei Kikuchi is second with an ERA of 3.57, Jose Berrios is third with an ERA of 3.68, and Chris Bassitt is fourth with an ERA of 3.69.

Team Stats

Because the Blue Jays are a below average team when it comes to hitting home runs with 163 (17th in the MLB), they rely on hitting consistency and for average. 

Their team batting average this season is .260, which ranks fourth in the league. 

In terms of their overall offense, the Blue Jays are 15th in total runs and are averaging 4.6 runs per game. 

For their team pitching, the Blue Jays are first in team ERA with a 3.72 ERA. 

They also have allowed the fewest earned runs, and they allow an average of 3.67 runs per game.

Rest of season outlook

If you want to bet on the Toronto Blue Jays ahead of the start of the postseason, you can find them at odds of +1800 to win the World Series, odds of +900 to win the American League, odds of +50000 to win the American League East Division.

They are -310 to make the playoffs or +235 to not make the playoffs.

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