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MLB: Chicago Cubs vs Toronto Blue Jays | 30 August, 7:07 AM (PST) 

Mary C

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C | Wilson Contreras 

FB | PJ Higgins 

SB | Nick Madrigal 

S | Nico Hoerner 

TB | Zach McKinstry 

LF | Ian Happ 

CF | Christopher Morel 

RF | Seiya Suzuki 

DH | Franmil Reyes 



C | Danny Jansen 

FB | Vladimir Guerrero 

SB | Cavan Biggio 

S | Bo Bichette 

TB | Matt Chapman 

LF | Lourdes Gurriel 

CF | George Springer 

RF | Teoscar Hernandez 

DH | Alejandro Kirk 


Just like that, and it’s set! Right at the Rogers Centre, the Toronto Blue Jays will be facing off against the Chicago Cubs with the first pitch happening at 7:07 AM (Philippine Standard Time). With the teams coming from the American League and National League respectively, it’s a chance for them to represent their leagues and divisions. The question now is, who gets to show off those bragging rights? 


Playing home, the Toronto Blue Jays are in the middle of their division in the AL East in third and 10th in the entirety of the majors. Presently, they are in a dangerous position in their series against the LA Angels as they’re one game away from being swept. Their first game against the Angels was an excruciating 12-0 loss. Before that, however, the Blue Jays had a 3-game sweep against the Boston Red Sox and won three out of four games against the Yankees. What does that mean for them now? They’ve been horribly inconsistent for sure, and it doesn’t help that Tuesday’s game will have Jose Berrios pitching for the team. He’s definitely not one of their strongest with only a 5.28 earned run average, which is good. Don’t get us wrong, but it’s not considered above-average in the MLB. 


Looking over to the visiting side, the Chicago Cubs have been just as inconsistent as their Canadian rivals. Also ranked third in the National League Central, the Cubs aren’t as effective in the MLB at 22nd place with their 55-72 record. In their campaign against the Milwaukee Brewers, they’ve won game one, lost game two, and game three is only about to happen. With the St. Louis Cardinals, they’ve won twice but lost thrice in their 5-game series. Though they’re within the bottom thirds of the scoreboard, that doesn’t mean we should look down on them, and the Toronto Blue Jays know better than to underestimate an opponent as they’re getting whooped by the Angels. The Cubs are still undecided with Tuesday’s pitcher or perhaps just not disclosing this info as part of their play. We expect Patrick Wisdom to shine for the upcoming game if he only hadn’t been placed on the injured list recently, but we can still depend on Ian Happ and Nico Hoerner to save the day.  


At the rate of how things are going at the moment, it’s hard to decide on a victor when neither team is at their best or worst. In the end, we’re going to root for the team that makes more sense to support right now, and that is the Toronto Blue Jays. No major players are injured, better numbers on paper, and better performance in general. It sucks to be cliché, but the underdog is bound to lose on this one.  


7:07 AM (PST), Tuesday, August 30, 2022. Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  

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