The American League had some notable starting pitching snubs when the rosters were unveiled this evening. So it is no surprise that the five American Leaguers on the Final Vote list are starters:
- SP: Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
- SP: Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
- SP: Rick Porcello, Detroit Tigers
- SP: Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
- SP: Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
On the National League side, it’s all hitters:
- 1B: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
- 3B: Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
- 3B: Casey McGehee, Miami Marlins
- 1B: Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies
- OF: Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves
Voting closes on Thursday at 4 PM ET.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.