A lot can change in a month in Major League Baseball. That's exactly what the Toronto Blue Jays needed, and what they got. Change.
They added all-star SS Troy Tulowitzki and star SP David Price at the trade deadline, giving the the Jays the extra push they needed to push past the rest of the American League.
Not only have they done that but they trail only the Kansas City Royals for the best record in the American League. Toronto was 50-51 before the trades. Now, they're 75-57. For those of you doing the math, the Jays are 25-6 since trading for Price and Tulowitzki. Look out.
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As for the St. Louis Cardinals, well, they've dominated all year. Many wondered whether they would be able to compete without Adam Wainwright. Clearly, those questions were quickly put to rest.
St. Louis is now 86-46, an astronomical 40 games over the .500 mark. Incredible. Oh, by the way, Wainwright will be back by the end of this month.
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Battle of the birds
My prediction for the World Series is the Blue Jays vs Cardinals. Quite frankly, I don't see how you can pick against either one of these teams.
One side is a pure Cinderella story, and the other is just plain old domination, stomping on every team put in front of them.
The Blue Jays are flying high right now, beating the Indians last night in 10 innings on a walkoff two run blast by Ryan Goins. That win keeps intact the Jays' slim 1.5 game lead over the Yankees, who also got a win 3-1 over Boston.
St. Louis is the favorite to win the NL Central but one team who is being severely overlooked is the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh has been playing phenominal baseball (79-51) but, since the Cardinals are just dominating, they'll only wind up making it as a Wild Card.
If the Jays and Cardinals both do get to the Fall Classic, be prepared for the best World Series of the last decade.
Both teams' pitching is equal, both teams have the ability to put up 10 runs if needed. Especially Toronto, who has scored the most runs since the deadline.
What a season it's been for both teams, hopefully they both continue to play well, coming from a baseball fan, I would love to see a great postseason, and the only way that happens is with Toronto and St. Louis in it.