MLB: The battle for Wild Card in the American League is more closed; there is only one game between the three

With Tampa Bay Rays facing Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field and Seattle Mariners hosting the Chicago White Sox later at T-Mobile Park, Mariners came in Monday two games ahead of Toronto (already reduced to one) and one game ahead of the Rays (already reduced to half game) for first place as a wild card in the American League, with the Blue Jays now sitting a half game behind the Rays after Monday’s two wins against the Baltimore Orioles.

Including this Monday, the Blue Jays and Orioles play 10 more times down the stretch. After this four-game series in Baltimore, Toronto hosts Baltimore on September 16-18, then returns to Camden Yards to close out the regular season on October 3-5:

In between, the Blue Jays also face the Rays nine more times, meaning 19 of Toronto’s last 30 games are against their direct wild-card competitors. Everyone matters. Kevin Gausman, starter for the Blue Jays who beat the Orioles on Monday in game one, commented on the matter:

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From the first play of the game, you could tell that the whole stadium was very excited about this. It was strange to hear the singing of the ‘O’ [durante el himno nacional] and realize that now they are cheering me on. But it was really cool. The Baltimore faithful let me hear it, good and bad. This is a special place for me, and I’ve always loved pitching here. It’s just a matter of time with this team. Right now would be the perfect time to kick it off. So I hope it’s right now.”

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I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and all Mexican baseball in general. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, the LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signing important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, although as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I have baseball in my veins. Degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it took almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: The battle for Wild Card in the American League is more closed; there is only one game between the three