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MLB playoffs 2016: Blue Jays-Rangers ALDS TV schedule, players to watch, key stats

Christmas came early for baseball fans, who will get to witne s the anticipated 2015 AL Division Series rematch between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers.Last season, the Blue Jays beat theRangersin Game 5 of the https://www.metsedge.com/new-york-mets/tim-tebow-jersey Division Series, sparked by Jose Bautista’s memorable bat flip following a tie-breaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning.In May,Rougned Odor’s responded with avicious punch toBautista’s jaw. What will Game 1 have in store in the rematch?MLB PLAYOFFS 2016: Top 50 players in the postseasonBlue Jays-Rangers ALDS TV scheduleBest of five. All times ET.Game 1: Blue Jays 10, Rangers 1 | Three takeawaysGame 2: Blue Jays 5, Rangers 3 (Jays lead series 2-0) | Three takeawaysGame 3: Rangers at Blue Jays, Sunday, 7:38 p.m. | Colby Lewis, 6-5,3.71 ERA) vs. Aaron Sanchez, 15-2, 3.00 ERA) |TV: TBSGame 4*: Rangers at Blue Jays, Monday, TBA | Martin Perez (10-11,4.39 ERA)vs. Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37 ERA) |TV: TBSWednesday, Oct. 12Game 5*: Blue Jays at Rangers, TBA | pitchers TBA |TV: TBS* if nece saryCole Hamels (Getty Images)Players to watch Odor led the Rangers with 33 homeruns, one more than Adrian Beltre. It’s the first time in club historya second baseman led the Rangers outright in home runs. Hamels and Darvish https://www.metsedge.com/new-york-mets/tom-seaver-jersey had plenty of rest after the regular season, which ended with some struggles. The two pitcherscombinedfor a 5.12 ERA in September. Hamels owns a career6.97 ERA vs. Toronto. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus may bat at the bottom of the order but he is clutch in any situation. Andrus leads MLB (min. 80 AB)with a .378 average with runners in scoring position.Andrus also has extra motivation against the Blue Jays: He committed two errors in theseventh inningof the ALDS-deciding fifth game at Toronto last season, after whichtears filled his eyes as he blamed himself for the lo s. Bautista is batting .346/.500/.885 with six runs, two doubles, four homers, 11 RBIs, and eight walksin his last eight postseason games. Each of his last seven home runs, including Tuesday night’s in the wild-card game, have tied the game or put the Blue Jaysahead. Edwin Encarnacion delivered the walk-off homer to win the wild-card game Tuesday in Toronto. The slugger’s 193 home runs since the start of the 2012 season trail only Chris Davis (197) among big-league hitters. Blue https://www.metsedge.com/new-york-mets/keith-hernandez-jersey Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar gets it done with his glove and his bat, having now hit sixpostseason doubles since the start of 2015, tied for second most in MLB.Kevin Pillar (Getty Images)Key stats Never count out the Rangers.Texas leads MLB with 49 comebackwins, including MLB-best eightwins when trailingafter eightinnings. Also, Texas has anMLB-high 21 last at-bat wins and was 36-11in one-run games (Texas’ three wins over Toronto this season were all one-run games)during the regular season mostly because it can keep opponents at bay. The Rangers’ bullpen has allowed just three earned runs over its last39 1/3innings. Rangers are 53-28at home during the regular season, the bestrecord in ALand second-best in MLB behind the Cubs. Blue Jays starters have held their opponentto three earned runsor le s in 25oftheir last 30games and are theonlyAL rotation with an ERA under 4.00. Abullpen which suffered32 lo sesthis yearcould be without closer Roberto Osuna, who exited the wild-card game in the top of the 10th witha sore shoulder. Continue reading

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