Toronto starts out the MLB playoffs betting odds on favorite to win the World Series. Although the Blue Jays didn’t get the one seed, there are high hopes that it won’t matter. This week, Toronto takes on AL West Division Champion Texas in the AL Divisional Playoffs.
Texas is a very good team. Considered an also ran in the division before the season started, Texas went on to upset both the L.A. Angels and Seattle Mariners to beat the other pre-season perceived also-ran in the Houston Astros for the division. Is Toronto ready to move on in the playoffs or will the Rangers derail their World Series hopes before they’ve begun?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays 2015 MLB AL Series
Why the Texas Rangers Will Win the Series versus the Blue Jays
The Rangers won 43 games and lost only 29 in the second half of the season. A lot of the Rangers’ success can be traced to starting pitchers Cole Hamels and Yovani Gallardo. With those two pitchers the Rangers might have the answer to Toronto’s incredible batting line-up.
Hamels’ only faced Toronto batters 76 times. He’s allowed 23 hits, 4 home runs and a .303 average. But, Hamels has post-season experience that can’t be taught. While with Philadelphia in 2008, Hamels led the Phillies to a World Series title. He won the MVP for those performances. Yovani Gallardo usually shuts down the Blue Jays when he faces them. Gallardo allows a .239 batting average. He’s allowed only 38 hits from 159 at-bats including 4 home runs.
If Hamels can call on his experience, and Gallardo pitches as well against the Blue Jays as he usually does, the Rangers could pull off the upset.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) October 5, 2015
Why the Toronto Blue Jays Will Win the Series versus the Rangers
There are few teams that show up in the MLB Playoffs with as complete of a team as the Toronto Blue Jays do in 2015. The Blue Jays’ Team ERA is 3.21. That’s not very good, but the Jays are only going to pitch 2 to 3 guys during the entire playoffs.
David Price is one of the lock down pitching stars in baseball. Price struck out 225 batters during the regular season. Marcus Stroman has been unhittable since coming back from an injury. Stroman has a 4 and 0 record, a 1.67 ERA and a .96 WHIP. Both will open the series against the Rangers as starters for games one and two. Almost as important is the fact that his arm is fresh. R.A. Dickey hasn’t been great against Texas. But, he’s an old pro who should relish getting to the post-season. Expect Dickey to bring his best stuff.
— MLB (@MLB) October 6, 2015
No team hits better in baseball than Toronto. The Blue Jays average 5.5 runs per game and led MLB in home runs at 232. Too much great pitching and great hitting mean that the Blue Jays sweep. My final series prediction is Blue Jays 3, Rangers 0.