Toronto Blue Jays: Playoff berth an important development for youth

The Toronto Blue Jays celebrate a win against the New York Yankees at Sahlen Field. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
The Toronto Blue Jays celebrate a win against the New York Yankees at Sahlen Field. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Blue Jays earned a berth to the 2020 playoffs and at this stage, the young players will get a chance to show what they can do on the big stage.

It has been a rollercoaster of a 2020 season for the Toronto Blue Jays and it’s only fitting that the team will get a chance to tempt fate with a trip to the postseason.

There were many questions heading into this season on top of the search for a home ballpark but once the expanded playoff format was announced, it gave this team some extra motivation to make this year count. While the team made sure to celebrate their accomplishment at Sahlen Field but also to remember that the road only gets tougher.

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While winning on home field with a stadium full of fans would have been ideal, the circumstances presented by COVID-19 challenged this team in a way they would not have expected. Considering the expectations didn’t see a postseason berth in the cards shows how critical this season is.

Now, the real work begins as the team has to figure out what the rotation will look like, who gets the work in the infield and how does Charlie Montoyo sort out his bullpen. Hopefully, during this final series against the Baltimore Orioles they can work Nate Pearson back into the mix.

When it comes to being successful in the postseason, the team will need their bullpen to be the strongest part of its roster and it’s no secret that the Blue Jays’ relievers played a significant contribution to the team getting as far they did in the regular season.

Over the next few days, the Blue Jays will hopefully get some good news on the status of Jordan Romano, Julian Merryweather and Rowdy Tellez. Romano and Merryweather are crucial because of their ability to pitch in high leverage innings. According to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, Roman is the furthest along after throwing a bullpen session.

Having the youth of Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and suddenly the emerging Alejandro Kirk makes the Blue jays a scary opponent because they’re on the rise.

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