4. Blue Jays clinch a playoff spot
For the first time since 2016, the Toronto Blue Jays made the frickin playoffs.
Say all you want about the expanded playoff format, but the Blue Jays undoubtedly played playoff baseball this season. Timely hitting, a solid bullpen and an improved rotation got them through a litany of one-run games.
But perhaps no leap was more impactful than that of “the kids.” From squinting through their grainy minor league footage to watching them knock around the best of the best in the AL East, it’s truly been a joy to watch them grow up before our eyes.
Cavan Biggio eluded to their limitless potential after the team’s 4-1 win over the Yankees that booked their tickets to Tampa. “This is only the start of it, of hopefully something special for a long time,” Biggio told Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae.
Fittingly enough, it was a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. home run that propelled the Blue Jays to their playoff-clinching win. Although he’s struggled at times this season, Guerrero Jr. could be peaking at just the right time.
And then there’s Bo Bichette. Even though he was sidelined with a knee injury for most of Toronto’s elite middle part of the season, Bichette kept this team afloat in the early going, where at times he was the only reliable bat in the lineup. He’s reclaimed his position at shortstop and is ready for a deep playoff run.