Given that the Toronto Blue Jays have spent the bulk of the season (85 days, to be exact) in fourth place in the American League East, they ought to pat themselves on the back for how they'd nonetheless be in possession of the AL's top wild-card spot if the 2021 campaign ended today.
Or they could just as easily keep pounding the crud out of their enemies until there's nobody left to oppose them.
Punctuated by MVP candidate Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s nine home runs, the Blue Jays are 15-2 with a plus-62 run differential since Aug. 28. Their most notable accomplishments include never even trailing in a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees and dropping a club-record 47 runs in a subsequent four-gamer opposite the Baltimore Orioles.
Granted, this Major League Baseball season has already seen its share of red-hot teases that suddenly fizzled. Take the Yankees, who are just 4-12 since winning 13 in a row between Aug. 14 and 27. Or Atlanta, which went 16-2 between Aug. 3 and 22 but has last 10 of 18 since then. Or the Oakland Athletics, who are just 63-59 since winning 13 in a row in April.
Yet while the Blue Jays' recent hot stretch has only improved their record to 81-63, it's also pushed what was already a pretty good run differential into downright great territory at plus-174. That's actually between the Tampa Bay Rays (plus-170) and Houston Astros (plus-192), who've won 89 and 84 games, respectively.
So, don't see the Blue Jays as a team that's just lucky to be where it is. If anything, they're one that other teams will be lucky to beat in October.
MLB's Most Terrifying Offense
The Blue Jays already had one of the best offenses in MLB even before they caught fire, ranking second with a .776 OPS and 189 home runs through Aug. 27.
Cut to now, and they're all alone in first place in both categories with a .802 OPS and 232 home runs.
The Blue Jays hit homers in bunches en route to the playoffs in 2020, so it's not the biggest surprise that the long ball is their main offensive weapon in 2021. Indeed, the only way that was ever not going to be the case was if they got nothing out of free-agent signees George Springer and Marcus Semien while Guerrero continued to play below the huge expectations that previously accompanied him as baseball's No. 1 prospect.