Blue Jays facing long odds to make playoffs

Blue Jays pitcher Casey Janssen takes a deep breath before taking the mound earlier this season....

Blue Jays pitcher Casey Janssen takes a deep breath before taking the mound earlier this season. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency/Files)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

TORONTO - Okay, so let’s take a look at the standings as they were on Thursday morning.

Baltimore had won four in a row and seven of its past 10 to put the Orioles nine games ahead of the Blue Jays, who are coming off a dreary 2-6 road trip.

Thanks to the tanking Yankees, the Jays are back in second spot but whoop-de-do.

Nobody is catching Baltimore in the division, which brings us to the wild-card scenario.

Oakland is a mile in front, 22 games over .500, with Detroit 12 games over .500 holding the second spot.

Seattle is one game back and 10 games over .500 with the Jays and Cleveland tied, both teams 4.5 games back.

Compared to the Tigers, the Jays are also six games behind in the all-important loss column.

So, with 34 games to go, the Jays not only need to go on an extended run, but they also need a collapse by both the Tigers and Mariners.

The math and the odds just don’t look promising.


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