MLB Picks Of The Day: AL Division Series
Christmas has come early for Toronto Blue Jay’s fans as they get their wish to see their team face their rivals, the Texas Rangers in the ALDS. This matchup means so much to both the Jays and Rangers fans and we believe it’s going to be a classic. The other ALDS matchup is the Cleveland Indians VS Boston Red Sox, which features Terry Francona facing his former ball club, which he led to World Series victories in 2004 and 2007.
Boston Red Sox @ Cleveland Indians 2016 ALDS
- Game 1 (Oct. 6): Red Sox Win
- Game 2 (Oct. 7): Indians Win
- Game 3 (Oct. 9): Indians Win
- Game 4* (Oct. 10): Red Sox Win
- Game 5* (Oct. 12): Red Sox Win
- Overall Winner: Boston Red Sox
Cleveland Indians’ skipper Terry Francona looks to beat his former team, the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. Terry Francona won 2 World Series Championships as the Manager of the Red Sox, bringing Boston their first World Series trophy in 86 years. This season, the Indians have a 2-4 record against the Red Sox, allowing 31 runs in 6 games and only scoring 18 of their own. The Red Sox went 19-8 in the month of September and are riding high. They have an outstanding lineup from top to bottom and outstanding and experienced pitchers. The Red Sox leaders have all been in the post season before, (Papi, Perdroia, Price) so all the youngsters on the Red Sox ball club will be in good hands and should be able to perform at a high level.
The Cleveland Indians posted a solid 16-11 record in September and don’t show any signs of slowing down. Most of the Indians players, whether it’s pitchers or batters, don’t have much post season experience; Jason Kipnis only has 4 career post season AB’s. Bauer nor Tomlin have ever been to the post season. therefore this will be a whole new ball game for them. Experience goes a long way in the post season, learning how to manage pressure is key. We predict the Red Sox will be able to handle the Indians, but the Indians will go down with a good fight. Look for lots of runs to be scored and many high scoring affairs.
Toronto Blue Jays @ Texas Rangers 2016 ALDS
- Game 1 (Oct. 6): Jays win
- Game 2 (Oct. 7): Rangers Win
- Game 3 (Oct. 9): Jays Win
- Game 4* (Oct. 10): Rangers Win
- Game 5* (Oct. 12): Jays Win
- Overall Winner: Toronto Blue Jays
We believe the Jays are going to come out on top by the end of the series due to a number of factors. First off, Jays are riding high off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion after he belted that walk-off homerun in the Wild Card game to send the Jays to the next round. Our prediction is that the Jays will take the first game, with the Rangers bouncing back for game 2. With the following 2 games in Toronto, we think the hometown advantage, Blue Jays pitching and offence is enough to beat the Rangers. The Blue Jays crowd is possibly the loudest and most rambunctious crowd in the MLB, and the Blue Jays thrive on that.
Overall, the Jays have something to prove. It’s no secret that Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are possibly not returning to the Jays next season; so those 2 big bats will be especially fired up to prove they are post season performers to the rest of the MLB teams and both have already done what they do best; hit homeruns. The Rangers are no chumps though, as they had the best record in the AL during the regular season. They are 3-4 in their last 7 games and on a 2 game losing streak. Cole Hamels, the starting pitcher in game 1 for the Rangers had an ERA over 5 in September. The Rangers finished the season with a 95-67 record (58.6 win percentage), while the Jays finished the season at 89-73 a (54.9 win percentage). Over the course of a 162 game season, 6 more wins is not really a whole lot. It’s all about who’s hot, and that’s the Blue Jays.
2016 American League Wild Card Highlights
The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles at home in the 11th inning by a score of 4-2. Jose Bautista hit a solo homerun to get the Jays ahead early in the game, but soon thereafter, Mark Trumbo of the Orioles hit a 2 run homerun to take the 2-1 lead. Michael Saunders scored on an Ezequiel Carrera single late in the ball game to send it to extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, after singles from Devon Travis and Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion smacked a no doubt homerun off an Ubaldo Jimenez fastball to end the game and have sent the Blue Jays to face their rival, the Texas Rangers in the ALDS.
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