Blue Jays Beat Rangers to Advance To ALCS
By Peter Santo
Well Toronto, I was wrong. I didn’t give your Blue Jays much of a chance in this series. All the analysis I did and every statistic I looked at suggested that the Rangers were the better team. I acknowledged that you guys had the offensive firepower to steal a game or two, but I thought Texas’ depth would be too much.
I expected much more from Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish, who both wilted under the spotlight of the postseason and put the Rangers’ backs against the wall after struggling in games 1 and 2.
Hamels and Darvish were hammered by the Jays’ big bats, giving up 15 runs in the first two games. Colby Lewis didn’t fare much better in game 3, as the Blue Jays walked off with a wild 7-6 victory.
The one place where I suggested Toronto had an edge was on defense, and low and behold that was how game 3 was decided, with Josh Donaldson scoring on a mad dash for the plate after the ball got away from Mitch Moreland.
The Blue Jays offense showed they are a force to be reckoned with as they chase the AL pennant and they looked as if they had enough pitching to possibly return to the World Series.
Congratulations Toronto, here’s hoping you get to face the division rival Red Sox with a trip to the World Series on the line.