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Why the Blue Jays’ Playoff Chances Are Not Necessarily Within Their Control

Published by on May 22, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The Blue Jays are still in first place in the American League East, but one wonders how long that will last. Perhaps until the next weekend, the next time they meet the Red Sox.

Boston is a strong 8-0 against the other other two AL East contenders, the Blue Jays and the Yankees. They should be huge favorites for the AL East title.

But they're not. The reason is that they are only 17-16 against all other teams.

On the other hand, the Blue Jays are 26-12 outside the three-team matchups. The Yankees are similarly situated with a record of 22-11 in such games. Given these facts, the three-way race is a statistical "dead heat."

Last year, the division standings were determined "outside." ...

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