American League Division Series: Toronto Blue Jays (2) vs Texas Rangers (3)
Toronto Blue Jays
For the first time in more than two decades, the Blue Jays finally get to experience playoff baseball. Oddly enough (just for this series), the bats did less talking than the pitching did. David Price and R.A. Dickey each pitched complete games, with Price giving up 5 hits and striking out 9 and Dickey giving up 9 hits, walking none and striking out 6. Each gave up a run. While there were certainly plenty of hits in this series, the Blue Jays did not capitalize as often as they have lately in scoring RISP. Encarnacion led his team with a .400 BA during the series, followed by Colabello at .333 and Martin at .312. Kevin Pillar struck out the world.
Because the Jays could not score as much as they’d like, Rangers starters like Cole Hamels and Colby Lewis each only gave up 2 ER each. It did not matter much when the hot bats that bought the Rangers the division suddenly went quiet. Somehow, Elvis Andrus came out on top with a team-leading .400 BA, with Beltre leading the in HR (2) and RBI (6). Sam Dyson did not fare well against his former team, giving up an 11.57 ERA in crucial late-game situations. Choo, Fielder and Odor all batting below .215 didn’t help, either.
Toronto Blue Jays 3 – Texas Rangers 1
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