Blue Jays Bullpen Quietly One of the Best in Baseball Since July

You wouldn't think it, but the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen has been among the league's best since the beginning of July. 

Prior to the second half of the season, the Jays' bullpen was their weakest link, ranking among the worst in baseball. 

Since July 11, however, the Blue Jays bullpen has posted a 2.16 ERA, ranking second in the majors, and a 1.12 WHIP, ranking fifth in the majors. The bullpen has also posted a fantastic 13.7% of inherited runners scoring, which is good enough for first in the majors. In addition, opponents are averaging just a .215 batting average against them, which is sixth best in the majors. 

The Blue Jays have been part of some very close games of late, and without the heroics from their bullpen, they would not be where they are now. 

The club is currently in the thick of the exciting AL Wild Card race with a 68-55 record, putting them one game up on the Seattle Mariners for the second Wild Card spot. The Baltimore Orioles are 2.5 games back and the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins are both five games back of a Wild Card spot, making every game an almost must-win down the stretch.

This is the most exciting time of the year for baseball and the intensity is just heating up for teams chasing a playoff berth. It should only get more exciting from here. 

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