TORONTO -- After Friday night's 5-3 over Tampa Bay, the Blue Jays didn't sit around and wait. Their magic number to clinch a wild-card berth was one, or so they thought but it would take a loss by the Los Angeles Angels to Seattle to wrap up Toronto's first postseason since 1993.
That didn't happen as the Angels posted an 8-4 win. But some fans on Twitter, as well as Sportsnet ace Shi Davidi, started doing some math and comparing remaining schedules and a new conclusion was reached.
The Blue Jays are in.
It turns out that only two of the Rangers, Astros and Angels can finish at 88-74 – the Blue Jays' worst potential record is they somehow finished 0-9 – because of the trio’s head-to-head games with one another. And one would claim a wild-card while another would win the AL West. It's an apparent scenario that neither the PR staffs of the Blue Jays or MLB were aware of.
The Blue Jays, meanwhile, pulled within one game of Kansas City for the best record in the American League and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. They have a four-game lead in the division over the Yankees with a magic number of six.
I'll be on hand this afternoon in Rogers Center for a mega pitching matchup as former Rays ace David Price meets the kid he mentored into that role in lefty Chris Archer. It begins at one.
One last nugget: Now that the Jays are in, who has the longest playoff drought in North American professional sports?
Yep, your Buffalo Bills.