Blue Jays Clinch 2022 MLB Playoff Berth After Orioles Loss to Red Sox

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 29, 2022

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 18: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 celebrates his home run with Bo Bichette #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on September 18, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Blue Jays have clinched a spot in the playoffs Thursday thanks to the Baltimore Orioles' 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

It will be just the second postseason appearance in the last six seasons for the Blue Jays, with the other coming during the shortened 2020 season. The team was swept out of the first wild-card round that year.

Toronto will again compete in the wild-card round after the New York Yankees clinched the AL East.

The Blue Jays are still a dangerous team, however, as they possess one of the best offenses in baseball.

The lineup ranks first in the majors with a .260 batting average, while power hitters Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Matt Chapman, Bo Bichette and George Springer can change a game with one swing of the bat.

On the mound, Alek Manoah has developed into an ace while earning his first All-Star selection this season. Kevin Gausman and Ross Stripling have also had strong seasons and provide some much-needed postseason experience on this young roster.

All-Star closer Jordan Romano has had some bumps in the road as of late, but the team should still have confidence in the right-hander going into the playoffs.

With talent throughout the lineup and a World Series MVP capable of taking over in Springer, Toronto could be a scary opponent for the AL's top teams.