MLB Playoffs – Rangers vs. Blue Jays

MLB Playoffs – Rangers vs. Blue Jays

The Texas Rangers will host the Toronto Blue Jays today at 4:00 PM EST. All eyes will be on Jose Bautista and Rougned Odor after Odor landed a right cross to Bautista’s jaw earlier this year. These teams don’t like eachother…this has been made clear and emotions will be running higher than ever.

Toronto comes in fresh off a 3-run game winning blast in extra innings from Edwin Encarnacion. Moments such as these can build a crazy amount of momentum in the playoffs and Toronto needs to feed off this and keep that same energy level if it wants to continue its quest for the World Series trophy.

The Blue Jays took the season series 4 games to 3, and outscored the Rangers 36-21.

Pitching

Texas Projected Rotation:

  1. LHP Cole Hamels
  2. RHP Yu Darvish
  3. RHP Colby Lewis
  4. LHP Martin Perez

Regular Season Stats:

  • ERA – 4.33 (#23 in MLB)
  • WHIP – 1.37 (#22 in MLN)
  • K/9 – 7.20 (#29 in MLB)

Toronto Projected Rotation:

  1. RHP Marco Estrada
  2. LHP J.A. Happ
  3. RHP Aaron Sanchez
  4. RHP Marcus Stroman

Regular Season Stats:

  • ERA – 3.79 (#6 in MLB)
  • WHIP – 1.23 (#5 in MLB)
  • K/9 – 8.10 (#14 in MLB)

Pitching Advantage: Texas

In a playoff format it will be tough to get past a 1-2 punch of Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish. If the series goes 5 games, Toronto will have to face lefty Cole Hamels twice. Hamels was 15-5 on the year with a 3.32 ERA and owns a 7-5 postseason record with an ERA of 3.03.

Batting

Texas Projected Lineup: 

  1. LF Carlos Gomez
  2. CF Ian Desmond
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. 3B Adrian Beltre
  5. 2B Rougned Odor
  6. C Jonathan Lucroy
  7. 1B Mitch Moreland
  8. RF Shin-Soo Choo
  9. SS Elvis Andrus

Regular Season Stats

  • Runs: 765 (#7 in MLB)
  • Homeruns: 215 (#7 in MLB)
  • Average: .262 (#5 in MLB)
  • OPS: .755 (#9 in MLB)
  • SB: 99 (#10 in MLB)

Toronto Projected Lineup: 

  1. 2B Devon Travis
  2. 3B Josh Donaldson
  3. 1B Edwin Encarnacion
  4. DH Jose Bautista
  5. C Russell Martin
  6. SS Troy Tulowitzki
  7. RF Michael Saunders
  8. LF Melvin Upton Jr.
  9. CF Kevin Pillar

Regular Season Stats

  • Runs: 748 (#9 in MLB)
  • Homeruns: 221 (#4 in MLB)
  • Average: .248 (#23 in MLB)
  • OPS: .755 (#9 in MLB)
  • SB: 54 (#25 in MLB)

Lineup Advantage: Texas

Two different types of offense here. Texas has much better batting averages up and down, but has still shown good power numbers. Toronto holds more of an “all or nothing” type of lineup and the Texas staff can take advantage of this.

Series Prediction: Texas

Texas holds off the Toronto bats and takes its AL best record of 95-67 to the ALCS.

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