The race to make the playoffs has gotten intense as we enter the month of September. More clubs are still in contention in the final week of the regular season thanks to the increased size of the playoff field. The Toronto Blue Jays are in the mix for an AL wild card spot, but they’ll need a great finish to have any chance. Beginning this Friday night, they will make their last push with a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.
In the first game, Hyun Jin Ryu of Toronto will face Chris Flexen of Colorado. This weekend, the Blue Jays have a chance to enhance their playoff odds against a struggling team after entering 2 1/2 games behind Texas for the third AL wild-card position. After straining his right quadriceps on Tuesday, All-Star shortstop Bo Bichette will be gone for a while.
The injury prevents Rockies fans from seeing the son of Dante Bichette, a fan favorite since joining the franchise as part of the Colorado expansion club in 1993. However, Toronto still has a lot of punch. Even without one of their best players, the Blue Jays realize they can’t afford to lose ground if they want to remain in contention.
The Rockies’ schedule makes a 100-loss season seem probable, as they have dropped nine of their last ten games. All but three of their remaining games are against teams with winning records, and they just played the trifecta of Tampa Bay, Baltimore, and Atlanta. The three games held in San Diego stand out.
There are a lot of rookies on Colorado’s roster, but there are also some seasoned veterans. Flexen is one of them; ever since he was claimed off waivers on July 13, he has been an invaluable stopgap in the rotation. This will be his seventh start for the Rockies, and his fifth against Toronto overall. He has made three starts against the Blue Jays and is 0-1 with a 3.93 ERA.
Despite their offensive struggles, the Rockies’ young players have largely held their own defensively. Brenton Doyle, a rookie playing center field in Coors Field, is batting just.186, but he has 17 stolen bases and eight outfield assists.
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Toronto Blue Jays vs Colorado Rockies Game Information
- Date: 09/01/2023
- Time: 08:40 PM ET
- Location: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado.
- How to Watch: Blue Jays vs Rockies MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV