It is a important time for the Toronto Blue Jays.
After their first shedding month of the 12 months (August 13-14), the Blue Jays are in a good race for a playoff spot because the calendar flips to September.
The Blue Jays, who will play key video games in September for the third 12 months in a row, start a 10-game highway journey with a weekend collection in opposition to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The interleague streak ends a nine-game streak for the Blue Jays in opposition to groups with data nicely under .500, however Toronto’s report thus far on this span is simply 2-4.
Here is a take a look at the Blue Jays-Pirates sport.
Friday, 6:35pm ET/3:35pm PT: Toronto RHP Alek Manoah (12-7, 2.60 ERA) vs. Johan Oviedo (2-1, 3.20 ERA)
Saturday, 6:35pm ET / 3:35pm PT: TBD vs. Ronsy Contreras (4-4, 3.57 ERA)
Sunday, 12:05pm ET / 9:05am PT: Ross Stripling (6-4, 2.94 ERA) vs. JT Brubaker (3-11, 4.39 ERA)
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Newest on the Blue Jays
The Blue Jays (70-59) ended a disappointing homestand with a 2-4 report after a 7-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
Fifth starter Mitch White had his second horrible outing in a row – not excellent news along with his subsequent main league begin in opposition to the Baltimore Orioles.
The Blue Jays lower a 5-0 deficit to 6-5 within the sixth on a three-run homer by Alejandro Kirk, however might get no nearer.
Toronto has now dropped into the third and remaining American League wild card spot, two video games behind the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners and 1.5 video games forward of the Baltimore Orioles.
Newest on the Pirates
The Pirates (49-81) are one of many worst groups in baseball. However, hey, at the least PNC Park is a ravishing place to spend a day or night (anticipate a lot of Blue Jays followers to make the six-hour journey).
August was the worst month of the 12 months for the Pirates, who completed 9-19 after dropping two of three in opposition to the Milwaukee Brewers earlier within the week.
The Pirates will miss the playoffs for the seventh 12 months in a row.
Just like the Blue Jays, the Pirates have been off on Thursday.
Wild card guard
The Orioles may also face a light-weight this weekend as they host the AL worst Oakland A’s.
The Mariners are in Cleveland to satisfy the AL Central defending champions, whereas the Rays host the East-leading Yankees.
The Minnesota Twins, three again from Toronto, are in Chicago in opposition to the mediocre White Sox.
A September to recollect
The Blue Jays took their followers on a wild journey final September, going 19-9 after which profitable their final three video games in October.
Ultimately, nonetheless, they fell one sport wanting a playoff spot.
A well-recognized face
Pirates GM Ben Cherington was vice chairman of baseball operations for the Blue Jays earlier than taking the Pittsburgh job in November 2019.
The Pirates are 4-11 in opposition to the AL this 12 months, whereas the Blue Jays are 9-6 in opposition to the Nationwide League.
Again in blue
Outfielder Bradley Zimmer will be part of the Blue Jays for the weekend collection after being designated for project on August fifteenth. The Blue Jays claimed Zimmer over claims from the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this week.
Proper-hander Casey Lawrence was additionally recalled from triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.
The Blue Jays start a giant four-game collection in Baltimore with a doubleheader on Labor Day. The journey ends with three video games in opposition to the Texas Rangers.