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Blue Jays vs. Rangers fight

Joe Catalano

Thursday, October 6, 2016 6:03 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 6:03 PM UTC

It's time to get down to business in the Major League Playoffs as we start with the American League today in the ALDS Series. Here are our thoughts and betting picks for each respective game, including the Grudge-Match we are expecting out of the Rangers vs. Blue Jays battle.



Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers


Bad Blood Between Both Teams

Do I need to remind you of the so-called fight between Jose Bautista and Reginald Odor in which Odor connected and it was the equivalent of a first round knockout? You can bet that Jose Bautista, who is a very emotional player, will be out for revenge as the Texas Rangers host the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays just recently played in the Wild Card Game in which Edwin Encarnacion's 3-run-blast extended Toronto's season and into this matchup. Will the Rangers be rusty and will the Blue Jays be filled with momentum? That is the real question and this should be a very competitive series. Both teams have a solid balance of hitting and pitching.


Cole Hamels

While I mentioned the balance, Toronto doesn't have the 1-2 punch of Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish and that's a real advantage for the Rangers. Hamels gets the call this afternoon and finally, he's on a team that provides him with run support.

Don't get me wrong; Hamels did his share as he finished the season at 15-5 with a 3.32 ERA, but this certainly wasn't his best season in his illustrious career. That said, he's still a very imposing figure to the opposition. Hamels finished up the season with an even 200 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings. The only issue that I might have with Cole Hamels is that he didn't finish up the season strong as he was 0-1 in his las 6 starts and only 2 of those 6 starts were quality starts. Hamels is capable of getting rocked, but when 'he is on", he's very difficult to deal with from the standpoint of the opponent. I look for Hamels to be steady in this game and provide the Rangers with innings as Texas has the advantage with starting pitching.


Can the Toronto Offense Be Effective Against Cole Hamels?

In my last piece, I had pointed out the Toronto "Big 3" and we all know who they are and I also mentioned Troy Tulowitzki, who is a product of Coors Field, being the "x-factor", so to speak. I had also mentioned that while Jose Bautista was the only player that had a poor season of Toronto's 3 key hitters, he's also the player with the fire that can come up with the much-needed home run and sure enough, Joey Bats went deep. I feel the same exact way regarding this game. The only thing that's different is that Cole Hamels is pitching against the Jays and not Chris Tillman in an elimination situation. I'm going to go with Toronto in this spot. They're coming into this game with a ton of momentum and Hamels is hittable, but before placing your bet check the odds board in the different sportsbooks.


Free MLB Pick: Toronto Blue Jays +127
Best Line Offered: at 5 Dimes

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Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians


Can the Tribe Handle the Overpowering Red Sox Offense?

Let's face it; a lot of people think that we're going to see a Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs World Series in Big Papi's final season as a professional baseball player and although the Red Sox have a 22 game winner in Rick Porcello starting tonight, it's their offense that will take them to the Promise Land.


Rick Porcello

I don't think Porcello is as good as his 22-4 record with a 3.15 ERA indicates as he's on a team that always provides him run support and that would give any pitcher confidence knowing that they have that much-needed support. However, I do think that Porcello, who was a .500 pitcher before this season, is in the zone and has been one of the MVP's on this team. It works both ways. When Rick Porcello takes the mound, the Boston offense knows that they just have to score a few runs to win the ball game.

Porcello has been a beast all season long; the model of consistency. In his last 16 starts, he's allowed 3 or less runs 15 times and the other game, he allowed 4 runs. Earned run average is so important and Porcello had an ERA of less than 3.00 in each of the last 3 months of the season. This guy is coming into this game at an all time high and I wouldn't bet against him as he's turned himself into a star in one season.


Bet On Betts

Mookie Betts might very well be the best player in baseball. I don't remember a time where he's let his team down in a high-pressure situation. For the season, Betts hit 31 HR, 113 RBI, and a .318 BA. This is a small sized played that produces huge numbers and his defense saves the Red Sox runs. While David Ortiz has had a season never seen before by a player that's 40 years old and ready to retire, Betts is the player that I know that will deliver as he's had several 3 home run games this season. This kid is special and so is this Red Sox team, this is a no-brainer MLB pick.


Free MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -137
Best Line Offered: at 5 Dimes, where you can get a 50% Free Play Bonus

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