MLB Playoff Push: Blue Jays’ losing streak comes at bad time

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ. (Fred Thornhill/CP)

The MLB playoff push is our daily look back and ahead at the post-season picture as teams position themselves for October.

Latest on the Blue Jays: Toronto is going to want to forget Friday’s blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox, and they can start that by winning Saturday’s rematch. The loss put the Blue Jays two games back of Boston for the AL East division lead, a gap that will only get wider unless the Blue Jays can put an end their four-game losing streak.

The Blue Jays also need to watch out for the teams chasing them in the wild card race. Detroit beat Baltimore on Friday to open their three-game series, meaning both the Tigers and the Orioles are only one game back of Toronto for the first wild card spot.

J.A. Happ will take the mound for Toronto on Saturday, hoping to last longer than Marco Estrada’s 2 1/3 innings Friday. The Blue Jays may also get catcher Russell Martin back after missing Friday with a sore knee.

MLB AL standings on Sept. 10

If the playoffs started today…

Wild Card

Blue Jays vs. Tigers or Blue Jays vs. Orioles

Rangers vs. Blue Jays or Tigers or Orioles
Indians vs. Red Sox

Toronto Blue Jays
Next up: Boston Red Sox
Pitching matchup: J.A. Happ vs. Eduardo Rodriguez

Baltimore Orioles
Next up: Detroit Tigers
Pitching matchup: Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Jordan Zimmermann

New York Yankees
Next up: Tampa Bay Rays
Pitching matchup: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Chris Archer

Cleveland Indians
Next up: Minnesota Twins
Pitching matchup: Mike Clevinger vs. Hector Santiago

Texas Rangers
Next up: Los Angeles Angels
Pitching matchup: Cole Hamels vs. Daniel Wright

Houston Astros
Next up: Chicago Cubs
Pitching matchup: Collin McHugh vs. John Lackey

Seattle Mariners
Next up: Oakland Athletics
Pitching matchup: Felix Hernandez vs. Kendall Graveman

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If the playoffs started today…

Wild Card
Giants vs. Mets

Cubs vs. Giants or Mets
Nationals vs. Dodgers

Chicago Cubs
Next up:
Houston Astros
Pitching matchup: John Lackey vs. Collin McHugh

Washington Nationals
Next up:
Philadelphia Phillies
Pitching matchup: Max Scherzer vs. Jerad Eickhoff

Los Angeles Dodgers
Next up:
Miami Marlins
Pitching matchup: Rich Hill vs. Tom Koehler

San Francisco Giants
Next up:
Arizona Diamondbacks
Pitching matchup: Johnny Cueto vs. Archie Bradley

New York Mets
Next up:
Atlanta Braves
Pitching matchup: Bartolo Colon vs. John Gant

St. Louis Cardinals
Next up:
Milwaukee Brewers
Pitching matchup: Adam Wainwright vs. Chase Anderson

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