American League Divisional Series: Jays Back in the RacePublished October 8, 2015 by Sol FH
The red hot Toronto Blue Jays host the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre in Game 1 of their Divisional Series, live at 20:30 UK.
It has been 22 years since Joe Carter's 1993 World Series walk-off home run, which gave the Toronto Blue Jays their second MLB championship. It was a sweet moment for all Canadian baseball fans, but it was also the last time that they made it to the off season until now. The Jays have been absolutely incredible throughout the entire season, but especially in the second half, towards the end, they were seemingly unbeatable. The Jays are focused, talented, have amazing depth in their pitching lineup, and are due for another World Series Championship. They must get past the Rangers first, which was not a problem for them this year.
Gallardo vs Price
David Price has been given the go ahead for Game 1 of the Divisional Series and he is well-rested and ready to pitch a solid game in front of the expected 50,000+ fans in attendance. Yovani Gallardo will pitch for the Rangers and it is his first postseason appearance since 2011, when he did it for the Brewers. Gallardo is 1-2 lifetime in the playoffs and is 2-0 against the Jays this year going 13 2/3 scoreless innings. Price has gone 9-1 for the Blue Jays since they acquired him late in the year, but his postseason stats are far from perfect with 10 starts giving him a 1-5 record overall.
The Jays have such a great power hitting lineup led by MVP hopeful Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and coming off an injury at the right time, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
The Rangers also have some heavy hitters on their end, specifically Prince Fielder, whom is ready to take Price deep given the opportunity.
Toronto won both of the three-game series this season against Texas and they are confident that they will be able to take the Rangers out of the running in 5.
AL Online Betting
Bet365 has gone over and above with its odds and numerous props ahead of tonight's game. The Jays are outright favorites at 1.40, while the Rangers are underdogs at 3.10. There are 87 total betting markets prior to the game tonight and throughout all 9 innings, bet365 Sports is offering live in-play betting markets for the most interactive gambling experience available.