Usually, the MLB season is spoken about as a grind, like a marathon. But the 2020 season is going to be a strange one for the Blue Jays and every team. This season will be a full out 60-game sprint to the finish line for a championship opportunity. So it’s with that in mind that we present the three key series for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2020.
Key Series #1: 2 Game Set against Miami Marlins (August 11-12)
This series marks only a slight reprieve for a team that could be considered a sleeper. Miami will represent the team that the Blue Jays will face in eight series against an under .500 team. Toronto, themselves, are a team that is not expected to compete for a title, even in a shortened season. However, upon reaching this series, the Blue Jays’ chances are going to be at a better evaluation point. This series will mark a pivotal moment and thus makes this list.
Key Series #2: 7 of 10 against the Yankees in Toronto
The Toronto Blue Jays are playing in arguably the toughest conference to make the World Series. However, one aspect that works in their favor in that seven of their ten games against the Yankees takes place in Toronto. There’s no doubt that Rogers Centre is an offensive ballpark and that both teams would benefit from the environment. And the usual advantage that the Blue Jays possess of a raucous home crowd will not factor in this season. However, there’s something to be said about playing at home. Other teams have benefitted from similar circumstances, and the Blue Jays can also reap the rewards from it.
Key Series #3: Final Series against Orioles (September 25-27)
The final month of this shortened 60-game season will see the Blue Jays bookend it with “easy series.” The opening series of September will be a 2-game set against the Miami Marlins and the closing 3-gam set against the Baltimore Orioles. These two series mark the only series in the closing month for the Blue Jays that they will face a team less than .500 (from their 2019 record.) Sandwiched in between these series are four games against the Boston Red Sox, three against the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies each, and ten games against the New York Yankees. The Blue Jays will not have an easy schedule to close out this bizarre 2020 season. And finally, reaching the final series against Baltimore will likely feel like a relief from the grind. And it marks a set for an up and coming team to boost player’s confidence as well, potentially.