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The Texas Rangers will square off against the Toronto Blue Jays in a rematch from last year’s ALDS series. Last year, the Rangers jumped to a 2-0 series lead, but ended up losing three straight resulting in an early exit. The Rangers will look to rectify last year’s first round loss and advance.
The Rangers finished 95-67 and won the American League West for the second consecutive time. And for the first time in franchise history, they clinched the best record in the American League. On top of that, the Rangers have home-field advantage in the playoffs, which also includes the World Series.
Toronto finished 2nd in the American League East with an 89-73 record. They knocked off Baltimore in the A.L. Wild card game to advance the ALDS round.
Texas is 7th in scored runs with 765, 8th in hits with 1446, the most they’ve had since 2013, 4th in runs-batted-in with 746, and 7th in homers with 215. The 215 homers is the most since 2009, where the Rangers blasted 224.
Toronto’s offense is 9th in runs with 759, 24th in hits with 1358, 9th in runs-batted-in with 728, and 4th in homers with 221.
Texas is 21st in runs surrendered with 757, 29th in strikeouts with 1154, and 20th in hits allowed with 1441. The Rangers’ bullpen had a total of 56 saves this season, which is not only the most saves this season by any team, but also a franchise record. The bullpen tied the record for most wins ever by a bullpen in a season with 41. No bullpen has had this many wins since the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953.
Toronto’s pitching is 6th in runs surrendered with 666, 18th in strikeouts with 1314, and 6th in hits allowed with 1340. They only surrendered 21 runs to the Rangers in seven games, while the Rangers surrendered 36 to Toronto.
It seems that both teams are evenly matched on offense, but as far as pitching goes, Toronto has the advantage, but the only thing that matters as far as an advantage, is home-field advantage which is in favor of the Rangers. So the Rangers need to capitalize on their home-field advantage.
Redemption starts now for the Texas Rangers.
Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
10/6 vs Blue Jays 3:38 p.m.
10/7 vs Blue Jays 12:08 p.m.
10/9 @Blue Jays 6:38 p.m.
*10/10 @Blue Jays TBD
*10/12 vs Blue Jays TBD