Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder Kevin Pillar Helps Lift Jays to Playoffs

Kevin Pillar Helps lift the Toronto Blue Jays back into the playoffs with a stellar week at the plate, not he base paths and in the field ...

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar had a 1.0 WAR all by himself this week for the resurgent Toronto Blue Jays, even ecclipsing American League MVP candidate Josh Donaldson's performance as the Jays went 5-1 over the past seven days, scoring all five wins against AL East foes -- the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Toronto clinched its first playoff berth since the Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series in part thanks to a win on Friday over Tampa Bay, with Pillar launching a solo home run -- one of two he hit on the week -- to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. With a win on Monday, they'll clinch the AL East title outright. During that Friday win over the Rays, Pillar went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one walk, adding a double.

Over the last seven days, Pillar has gone 11-for-21 -- good for a big league-best .524 batting average -- driving in six runs and scoring four, with three walks and a Major League-leading five stolen bases.

The Toronto center fielder also paced the big leagues in on-base percentage (.583) and OPS (1.631), and was second in slugging (1.048).

Pillar's 22 total bases were the third-highest total in all of Major League Baseball, and his seven extra-base hits were second. Pillar also has at least one base hit in each of his last five games, and in eight of his last nine, with mult-hit games in four of his last five.

Pilar has driven in at least one run in his past five games, with a pair on Saturday against the Rays, when he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run in a wild 10-8 win.

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