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MLB Standing 2015: Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki Push MLB Team as American League Contenders; David Price In, Mark Buehrle Out

( [email protected] ) Sep 04, 2015 02:53 AM EDT
The Toronto Blue Jays exhibited such an impressive comeback in the second half of the MLB season - a feat that prompted sports analysts to look at the MLB team once again and determine their chances of becoming contenders in the American League. With the Toronto Blue Jays maintaining their current 1.5 game lead in the AL East division, the Josh Donaldson team enter the weekend as the top MLB group ahead of the New York Yankees.
Toronto Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson is eyed as the next MVP for this MLB season. Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison

The Toronto Blue Jays exhibited such an impressive comeback in the second half of the MLB season - a feat that prompted sports analysts to look at the MLB team once again and determine their chances of becoming contenders in the American League. With the Toronto Blue Jays maintaining their current 1.5 game lead in the AL East division, the Josh Donaldson team enter the weekend as the top MLB group ahead of the New York Yankees.

With Josh Donaldson pegged as the most notable player in the MLB at this point, the Toronto Blue Jays are aggressively turning into one of the formidable teams gunning for the title. In addition to Donaldson, the Blue Jays are looking at the incredible performance of Troy Tulowitzki as yet another factor that will help them in their reach the 2015 World Series. At this point, the Blue Jays are leading in the recorded stats in terms of total bases, slugging, runs, home runs, total bases and on-base percentage.

The impressive performance of Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson contributed definitive moments to the recent game of the Toronto Blue Jays against the Cleveland Indians, but it was the complete game four-hitter executed by RA Dickey that secured the win. Apart from the efforts of the MLB stars, the Toronto Blue Jays appear to be benefiting from the six-man rotation system the Canadian team implemented.

With the recent comeback of right-hander Marcus Stroman, who suffered from a torn ACL prior to the summer games, the six-man rotation system of the Toronto Blue Jays have increasingly become more effective. The return of Stroman could help deepen the gameplays of the Toronto Blue Jays as Josh Donaldson could easily work with the previously injured MLB star. With this in mind, the Toronto Blue Jays can also give Mark Buehrle and RA Dickey a break in an effort to secure their health and physical well-being. Moreover, the six-man rotation could give Toronto a chance to play David Price.

"You look at our team before, we had some marquee guys," explains Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, according to ESPN. "I'm talking about [Josh] Donaldson, [Jose] Bautista, [Edwin] Encarnacion. We had some of the better players in baseball, but we just kind of sputtered along. But then you add two guys like Price and Tulo, and guys say: 'Wow. Boom.' We weren't an easy team to face to begin with. But now you add Tulo to the everyday lineup, and you put Price on the mound, and son of a b----. That's a lot of All-Star players."

The weekend will see the Toronto Blue Jays face off with the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre, Toronto in Ontario. 

Tags : MLB, MBL Standing, toronto blue jays, David Price, Mark Buehrle, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees