The Toronto Blue Jays magic number is 8 in the AL East, and the Jays can clinch (with some help) at least a Wildcard game tonight for the first time in 22 years. For that to happen the Jays need to beat the Rays along with the Twins and Angels both have to lose their respective games. The New York Yankees earned half a game back when they beat the White Sox powered by a three run homerun by Carlos Beltran. The Yanks move to only three games back of the Jays in what was an emotional game at Yankee Stadium after the passing of Yankee great Yogi Berra a few days prior.

Heading into their final home series of the season, the Toronto Blue Jays enter with an 85-67 record and they play the far behind Rays who have won 75 games.

Some will think it will be an easy series for the Jays as the Regular Season ends, but it could possibly be all but.

In total, the Jays are 5-8 against the Rays this season including beginning 1-6. The Rays are coming in hot fresh off a sweep of the Boston Red Sox and they have one of their best hurlers set to take the mound in Jake Odorizzi. Yes, the Jays are coming off a big and impressive series over the Yankees earlier in the week but the facts are facts.

Let’s dig a little deeper. The Jays have scored 47 runs in 13 games and have given up 51 but have only scored six or more runs twice in that 13 game span. That also includes scoring two or less runs seven times. The Jays will need good pitching to win this series, and thankfully that’s exactly what they have received basically since they started their torrid streak at the deadline.

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A couple good things to note for the Jays are the fact they are 50-28 at home. A stat that nears the top of the league and their ace David Price will pitch in the middle game tomorrow at the Rogers centre.

Unfortunately for the Jays, they have not been very good against the Rays this year and this is a time that games are near mandatory for the fact of the Yankees take on the poor Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals have once again seemed to find their winning formula.

Another thing that could be against the Jays clinching the AL East is the fact they play seven of their remaining ten games on the road, all coming in a row against the Orioles and these same Rays. The Yankees on the other hand play six of their remaining ten games at home where they are running 42-32 clip.

What does this all mean? Well in the end it could mean nothing and the Toronto Blue Jays will win the AL East and host the divisional series. It also could mean the Jays will have a one game Wildcard chance to get into the divisional series. For that to happen, the Jays will have to slide and the Yanks will have to be hotter than they were all year but none the less the Toronto Blue Jays host the Tampa Bay Rays in game 1 of their three game set tonight, 7:07 First pitch and you can catch it all on Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 the fan.