Mitch White to start for Blue Jays on Friday, Alek Manoah lined up for Game 162

Mitch White will get the start for the Blue Jays on Friday in Tampa, a move that the team’s coaching staff has made in order to give Alek Manoah some extra rest and to line him up for the final day of the season.

Manager John Schneider said that the team’s priority is finishing as the top wild-card team so that they can host the first round of the playoffs. If that comes down to the final day of the season, Manoah will start. If not, he’ll get more extra rest before the Blue Jays head into the playoffs.
Here’s how the pitching rotation will look the rest of the way, based on the Blue Jays’ plans…
Friday, Sept. 23 vs. Rays: Mitch White
Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. Rays: Alek Manoah
Sunday, Sept. 25 vs. Rays: Ross Stripling
Monday, Sept. 26 vs. Yankees: Kevin Gausman
Tuesday, Sept. 27 vs. Yankees: Jose Berrios
Wednesday, Sept. 28 vs. Yankees: Mitch White/Bullpen Day
Thursday, Sept. 29 – OFF
Friday, Sept. 30 vs. Red Sox: Alek Manoah
Saturday, Oct. 1 vs. Red Sox: Ross Stripling
Sunday, Oct. 2 vs. Red Sox: Kevin Gausman
Monday, Oct. 3 vs. Orioles: Jose Berrios
Tuesday, Oct. 4 vs. Orioles: Mitch White/Bullpen Day
Wednesday, Oct. 5 vs. Orioles: Alek Manoah
Thursday, Oct. 6 – OFF
Friday, Oct. 7 – Wild Card Game 1
Saturday, Oct. 8 – Wild Card Game 2
Sunday, Oct. 9 – Wild Card Game 3
The ideal situation here, of course, is that the Blue Jays have the top wild-card spot locked up before the end of the season and those games against Baltimore in October don’t matter. As it stands right now, the Blue Jays are one game up on Tampa Bay and they play the Rays three more times while t …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation