The Toronto Blue Jays endured a trying 2023 season, failing to live up to preseason hype for most of the campaign. Despite the frustrations, the Blue Jays still managed to qualify for the playoffs, finishing with a record of 89-73.
Toronto was expected to compete for an American League East title and World Series championship when spring training began. The former did not come to fruition, as the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays made the AL East a two-horse race in 2023. But the Blue Jays do still have a shot at winning the World Series.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Co. begin their playoff run Tuesday at Target Field in a best-of-three wild-card series against the Minnesota Twins, who won the AL Central despite finishing with a worse record (87-75) than the Blue Jays.
Here's what you need to know ahead of Game 1:
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 3
Time: 4:38 p.m. ET
TV Show: Blue Jays vs. Twins Game 1
TV Channel: Sportsnet
Where to watch the Blue Jays vs. Twins game
If you’re wondering how to watch the Blue Jays begin their 2023 playoff run, you have the following options:
What time are the Blue Jays vs. Twins games?
Game 1: Tuesday at 4:38 p.m. ET
Game 2: Wednesday at 4:38 p.m. ET
Game 3: Thursday at 4:38 p.m. ET (If necessary, subject to change)
Who's on the Blue Jays playoff roster?
Pitchers: RHP Chris Bassitt, RHP Jose Berrios, LHP Genesis Cabrera, RHP Yimi Garcia, RHP Kevin Gausman, RHP Chad Green, RHP Jordan Hicks, LHP Yusei Kikuchi, LHP Tim Mayza, RHP Trevor Richards, RHP Jordan Romano, RHP Erik Swanson
Who's pitching for the Blue Jays and Twins?
Toronto ace Kevin Gausman gets the start in Game 1. The right-hander enjoyed another terrific season in his second year with the Blue Jays, finishing with a 3.16 ERA and an AL-best 237 strikeouts.
Minnesota counters with an All-Star of its own as Pablo Lopez toes the rubber in the opener. Lopez pitched to a 3.66 ERA in his first season with the Twins and finished second to Gausman in strikeouts among AL pitchers.
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The Blue Jays also announced former Twin Jose Berrios as their Game 2 starter, while Sonny Gray goes for Minnesota. Toronto veteran Chris Bassitt would figure to draw the assignment opposite Joe Ryan if a Game 3 is necessary.
Who won the season series?
The Blue Jays and Twins played six times in 2023, with each team winning three contests. Both teams won two out of three games as the visitor. The six games were played in a concentrated period of time, with all of them occurring between May 26 and June 11.