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Alek Manoah’s Blue Jays Clinch MLB Wild Card Birth

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Alek Manoah’s season of milestone moments is going to make its way to October, as he will have an opportunity to make some memories in the MLB postseason.

Even though the Yankees ended up being crowned AL East champions, Manoah and the Blue Jays will still have a chance to win the American League pennant. Toronto clinched a Wild Card birth Thursday night thanks to Baltimore’s 5-3 loss to the Red Sox.

The former West Virginia pitcher turned MLB All-Star tweeted his excitement about reaching his first professional postseason.

After going 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA and 127 strikeouts as a rookie last year, Manoah owns a 15-7 record with an ERA almost a full point better than in 2021 at 2.31 and 176 punch outs in 190.2 innings of work. He’s also now destined for a postseason start.

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Manoah was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 11th round of the 2019 draft. Before being drafted, he finished off a stellar college career at WVU, recording a 2.81 career ERA with the Mountaineers. He was named the Big 12’s best pitcher in 2019 after going 9-4 with a 2.08 ERA and totaling 144 strikeouts in 108 1/3 innings.
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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.

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