BlueJays vs Rangers American League Divisional Series Game 1 Primer

Wild Card Game - Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays
TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 04: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after hitting a three-run walk-off home run in the eleventh inning to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 in the American League Wild Card game at Rogers Centre on October 4, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Tv: Sportsnet

 Time : 4:00 pm Eastern

 

For many Blue Jay fans their wildcard game virginities were taken Tuesday night and the team did not let them down in the slightest. 2 big time home runs, a couple huge Defensive plays by Tulo and Pillar and some grade A pitching.  Stroman Started strong out of the gate, running in to some trouble in the 4th but was able to wright the ship and out last his counter part Chris Tillman. After 6 Fairly strong innings from Stroman. The Jays bull pen one upped him with 5 scoreless innings and not even allowing a hit to a very deadly and hungry Baltimore line up.  These are the type of things we will need to see day in and day out this October for the Jays to have a chance at making and eventually winning the World Series.

The team comes in as underdogs for the remainder of the playoffs and their first test is vs familiar foes in what is a rematch of last years American League Divisional series match with the Texas Rangers.  Joey Bats Heroics aside, you take away a bunch of just bone head errors from the Texas defense and the series is theirs. You better believe that bitter taste is still in any of the returning players on the Rangers roster. Mix in the Shot Odor Delivered to Jose earlier this season and the win or go home atmosphere of the playoffs and we are in for a treat of a series.

Coming into this series, were the Jays do have the upper hand is in starting pitching.  Texas can only really count on Hamels and Darvish going forward into the playoffs whereas the Jays have 4 solid starters in   Stroman, Estrada Happ and Sanchez as well as the ability to pitch Liriano out of the bullpen in long relief appearances. To counter that Texas is the best American league team at home and also lead the league in the number of wins by 1 run. Making being able to steal just one on the road and holding down home field, that much more important

This after noon the Jays have Marco Estrada on the mound versus Cole Hamels. A couple years back this would have been considered a pitching mis match of epic proportions but to end the regular Season in 2016, Hamels has struggled posting a 6.75 era in his final 6 starts. With Marco Estrada still dealing with a herniated disk in his lower back this game will be won on defense and like most post season games a little bit of magic. GO JAYS GO!

 

P.S

God bless Jose and Edwin, Clear the name of the man Ken Page and who ever really did throw that beer is going to live for ever in Toronto sports history. Yea, yea, yea It was un safe for the players involved. It was kind of like when you are playing video games against one of your friends and they are just about to beat you with time running out so you knock the controller out of their hand.  All negatives a side it really got the whole building jumping with emotion and for that they have my respect.

 

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