The Toronto Blue Jays have been rooted to the bottom of the American League East division for the most part of the season and John Gibbons will be very fortunate indeed if he retains his position as manager ahead of the 2018 campaign. Injuries have hindered Toronto at key moments throughout the year but the fact of the matter is this: the Blue Jays haven’t been good enough to compete on a regular basis.
At the other end of the spectrum, we have the New York Yankees. Currently second in the AL East, the 27-time World Series winners will be quietly confident of surpassing the Boston Red Sox at the top of the division – especially as they have three winnable games against the Blue Jays this weekend. This could get ugly for the Canadian outfit if New York go for the throat.
Toronto Blue Jays
It has been a season to forget for the Blue Jays – time to write this one off. Gibbons’ men have failed to inspire confidence all year and only a handful of players can truly claim that they have performed well. The Canadian side have won four of their last six Major League Baseball encounters but it is a case of too little, too late for Toronto.
With five wins in their previous 10 outings, the Blue Jays have been inconsistent – and that more or less sums up their campaign as a whole. Glimpses of quality aren’t enough at this level and Toronto have slumped to one of their most disappointing seasons in franchise history.
KEY MAN: JUSTIN SMOAK. One of those positive performers is Justin Smoak. He has carried Toronto at times this season and he is finally starting to show exactly why the Texas Rangers were willing to use their first round pick on him. Already voted as the AL starting baseman for the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star game earlier this season, Smoak can continue his fine form right through to the end of the campaign.
New York Yankees
The Yankees have been rock solid at home so far this season, winning 49 of their 78 games at Yankee Stadium. New York are the most famous franchise in Major League Baseball and neutrals watching this game may edge towards the Yankees; and that would be a decent call given their recent form. With seven wins in 10 games, they are building momentum ahead of the postseason.
Who knows, another World Series crown could be on the cards if Joe Girardi’s men play their cards right. The Yankees last won Major League Baseball’s showpiece event back in 2009 and they are due a win if truth be told. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are both looking very strong but this Yankees side has already proven its worth throughout the regular campaign – a memorable few months may follow for New York fans.
Toronto have been in decent form as of late but this is a different level. The Yankees will be looking to capitalise on Boston’s recent poor run and it would take a brave man to back against New York here. Expect a solid effort from Toronto but, as per usual, they will almost certainly fall short in their pursuit of glory. A common trend has followed the Blue Jays this season and that trend could continue this weekend.
YANKEES 7-2 BLUE JAYS