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Here's what Blue Jays, Royals can do to break playoff droughts

  • Only two franchises have failed to make the postseason in the wild-card era.If the season ended today, both of those streaks would be snapped. The season doesn’t end today, of course, so it doesn’t really matter that the Royals and Blue Jays are atop the AL Central and AL East, respectively. Kansas City hasn’t made the postseason since win夜网论坛ning the 1985 World Series, and Toronto hasn’t been since winning the 1993 fall classic. What do these two teams need to do to play in October? Let’s look …Blue JaysToronto leads the majors in home runs and is third in runs scored. Offense isn’t the issue. The Blue Jays need pitching help, which is why they’ve been connected to pretty much every available hurler thought to be on the trade market. Though it might be tough to convince Tampa Bay to deal David Price within the division, Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos will explore the possibility. The Blue Jays are considered a frontrunner to land Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija, though meeting Chicago’s prospect demands won’t be easy. The Jays would prefer an ace, make no mistake.The rotation is actually in better shape than most people realize. At the top of the current configuration, veteran Mark Buehrle has been outstanding (2.32 ERA in 15 starts) and youngster Drew Hutchison has been solid (3.62 ERA in 14 starts) in his first action since Tommy John surgery. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey got off to a rough start, but he has a 3.23 ERA in his past 10 starts. J.A. Happ has been hit-or-miss (4.[......]

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