Pre-Series Notes: Blue Jays look to keep rolling against depleted Royals squad

The Blue Jays wrapped up a two-game sweep with an 8-2 win against the Phillies yesterday and look to be getting back on track after losing nine of ten and falling out of playoff position. Not only did this streak cost the Jays multiple spots in the wild card race, it also cost manager Charlie Montoyo his job. Bench coach John Schneider was named the interim manager prior to yesterday’s game.
At times this season, the playoffs seemed like a guarantee for a Blue Jays team with World Series aspirations but that is no longer the case. At 47-42 they are now tied with the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners for the second and third wild card spot.
The Baltimore Orioles sit just two games back of the Jays after winning their tenth in a row last night. Always a strong division, the American League East now has all five teams sitting above .500. This is the first time since 2012 every team in a division has had a winning record this late into the season. If the Jays want to make the playoffs, they need make these games against weaker teams count.
Playing the Kansas City Royals in July doesn’t scream must-win, but these games cou …

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Author: Scott Ony / Blue Jays Nation