By Steven Loung, Sportsnet.ca, June 26, 2017
As the Toronto Blue Jays finish off the season’s first half against the Orioles, Red Sox, Yankees and Astros, team president Mark Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins will be assessing just how realistic their playoff chances really are.
The Blue Jays are still three games under .500, but thankfully for them their fortunes are closely tied to what the 14 other American League teams do. Outside of Houston, there’s not much separation this year.
Looking at the standings, the Blue Jays sit 5.0 games back of the AL East lead and 3.5 games back of the second wild-card spot. What that doesn’t tell you is that they’re last in the AL East, and that there are seven teams ahead of them for that second wild-card spot. They have a much steeper climb than it would first appear.