The Toronto Blue Jays are facing a crucial series that could determine their postseason fate. Manager John Schneider is urging his team to focus on one game at a time.
“The standings change every day,” Schneider said in an interview ahead of today’s home game against the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You have to focus on one game at a time. I think that’s the same for both teams,” he said of his approach to the game.
Currently, Toronto is in second place for the American League wild card with 80 points and 63 games, while Texas is in fourth place with 78 points and 64 games. These positions could change depending on the outcome of this four-game series. Toronto, which went 1-2 in the first three games of the series, needs to win this series to improve its head-to-head record in case of a tiebreaker.
“Every game is different, every pitcher is different,” Schneider said. “In the big picture, it would be nice to win the series, but it’s wrong to get ahead of yourself. They’re a good team. They have good pitching, good hitting. It’s important to take it one game at a time,” he said, emphasizing the importance of focusing on one game at a time.
“If we lose today, it’s not like the sky is falling, and if we win today, it’s not like everything is fine,” he said.
“It’s like the same script every day,” he said of the three-game series sweep of the Kansas City Royals. “It would be nice to be a little bit ahead, but as long as we’re on the winning side, it’s all good.” He also emphasized the importance of winning games now.
Toronto, currently in second place in the American League wild card, will host the Tampa Bay Rays, the first wild-card team in their division, if they stay there, or the Minnesota Twins, the first wild-card team in the Central, if they slip to third.
An ironic situation where the third wild card might be better given the weight of the opponent.
When asked for his thoughts on this, he joked, “Should I blame Manfred (MLB commissioner),” before adding, “Any team is in the postseason for a reason. 온라인바카라 We’re going to go out there and focus on winning, regardless of who we’re playing, and deal with the situation at hand.”
Being in this unique situation means that the American League East is competitive. “It’s a unique division that we’re in,” Schneider said. I can’t tell you how competitive it is and how many good teams there are. I like the fact that there’s a lot of teams that are in exciting contention for playoff spots,” he said.