Sunday, October 17 2021

Having won 14 of 16 games since Aug. 28, the Toronto Blue Jays have slugged their way into an American League wild-card spot and are set for a wild stretch run, entering Monday tied with the Boston Red Sox for the AL wild-card spots, a game ahead of the New York Yankees.

Toronto scored 44 runs over the last 23 innings of a weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles and leads the majors in average (.269), home runs (95) and OPS (.822) since the All-Star break.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has a shot at winning baseball’s first Triple Crown since Miguel Cabrera in 2012. Guerrero leads the AL with a batting .319 average, his 44 homers are tied for the lead and his 102 RBI are tied for third through Sunday.

The Blue Jays play six of their next nine against the first-place Tampa Bay Rays, but also have seven against the Minnesota Twins before finally getting a shot at the Yankees to kick off the final week of the season.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrate with the team's home run jacket in Baltimore.Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrate with the team's home run jacket in Baltimore.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrate with the team’s home run jacket in Baltimore.

Here’s how USA TODAY Sports’ seven-person panel voted this week:

Rank (movement from last week)

1. San Francisco Giants (+1)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (-1)

3. Tampa Bay Rays (–)

4. Milwaukee Brewers (–)

5. Houston Astros (–)

6. Toronto Blue Jays (+3)

7. Chicago White Sox (-1)

8. Boston Red Sox (–)

9. New York Yankees (-2)

10. Atlanta Braves (+1)

11. San Diego Padres (–)

12. Oakland Athletics (-2)

13. Seattle Mariners (-2)

14. Cincinnati Reds (–)

15. St. Louis Cardinals (–)

16. Philadelphia Phillies (–)

17. New York Mets (–)

18. Cleveland (–)

19. Los Angeles Angels (–)

20. Detroit Tigers (–)

21. Colorado Rockies (–)

22. Kansas City Royals (–)

23. Chicago Cubs (–)

24. Miami Marlins (+1)

25. Minnesota Twins (-1)

26. Washington Nationals (–)

27. Pittsburgh Pirates (–)

28. Texas Rangers (–)

29. Arizona Diamondbacks (–)

30. Baltimore Orioles (–)

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB power rankings: Blue Jays bash their way up AL wild-card standings

Source: Yahoo Sports

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