Thursday, October 8, 2015

ALDS Preview: Toronto and Texas


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
October 8 2015, 2:00 PM EST.
@PGordonPBR

The Blue Jays finished the season atop the Philadelphia Baseball Review Power Rankings, thanks in part to their +1.36 run differential per game. The figure dwarfed the second best number (+.758) belonging to the Cardinals. Toronto also finished the year with the highest OPS (.797) in the majors.

The Rangers finished 14th in our Power Rankings and ended the year with five more wins than projected by their Pythagorean record. Of all the clubs in the postseason, the Rangers have the lowest run differential per game (.111) and the highest WHIP (1.36). The Rangers did, however, finish with the best road record in the American League at 45-36.

Thursday's contest marks the first postseason game in Toronto since 1993.

The Rangers will throw Cole Hamels in Game 2 on Friday and that may be the only game in the series they win. The Blue Jays are simply an all-around better team. 

Prediction: Blue Jays take the series in four.

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