MLB Trade Rumors: The Importance of the Tigers' Series for the Toronto Blue Jays

George Halim@@GeorgeH66Correspondent IIJuly 27, 2012

The Toronto Blue Jays are still in the hunt for a wild card spot, but they must act fast.
The Toronto Blue Jays are still in the hunt for a wild card spot, but they must act fast.

This is the most important weekend of the season for the Toronto Blue Jays.

If they can win the upcoming series against the surging Detroit Tigers, it will put the blue birds in a position to seriously make a bid for top notch pitchers, such as Josh Johnson, Matt Garza, or even Zack Greinke.

Ideally, the Jays want someone they can control for more than two months, so Johnson is the most fitting candidate. 

Detroit is coming into Toronto for a three-game set, hoping to spread the gap between them and other wild card teams. They are currently half a game back of the top spot, while the Jays sit four behind the leader.

The difference between these two ball clubs is that they are on separate sides of the table. The Tigers have won 14 of their last 18, playing fantastic baseball, while in their last 10, the Blue Jays have been an even .500 in dismal performances to say the least. 

If the Jays can manage to pull off a series win at home, it will be the deciding factor on whether or not the Jays make a run for a quality arm. Otherwise, it'll be a waste of money.

The Jays will not win the American League East this season—that honor belongs to the New York Yankees.

With that, it's time to set their sights on the wild card and get serious about it.

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