The MLB Division League Series have provided some great surprises. A team such as the Toronto Blue Jays dominates all season long with their offense and they're staring elimination in the face.
Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers- Texas Leads 2-0: Rangers a Cinderella Team?
It appears to be that way as the Texas Rangers have come from out of nowhere in the American League West Division to pass a Houston Astros team that was dominating the division. Not only that, they have a Blue Jays team, who have the best offense in the majors, against the ropes.
Toronto is on the road in game 3 and it's up to Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13) to save them. Really, the Jays just need a decent outing from Estrada and for their offense to wake up as they've averaged 3.5 runs in the first two games of this series.
I'm not a big proponent of a best of 5 in the division league series because of a series such as this. Baseball is a 162 game grind, played over a 6 month stretch and a talented team such as the Blue Jays, can be knocked out in 3 games.
"Big 3 "Coming Up Short
It took Texas 14 innings to defeat the Jays in game 2, 6-4, and the Blue Jays have just come up a bit short in both games. There's nothing much that you can say about it. Josh Donaldson did manage to go yard, but he's batting .143 in this series and that's not good enough as the Blue Jays defeat their opponents with their offense. The "Big 3" have really let Toronto down as Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are both hitting just .222 in the two game thus far. Look for Toronto's offense to wake up or they will be golfing.
MLB Pick: Toronto Blue Jays -143 at 5Dimes
Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros: Keuchel Going In For the Kill
The Kansas City Royals are a team with no legitimate superstar. Lorenzo Cain is a star, but he's no Mike Trout. This is a team that I don't have much faith in to begin with as they play well in the regular season, but simply don't have the talent to win it all. Now, the Royals must do the impossible and that's to defeat an Astros team with a good offense and ace Dallas Keuchel.
Keuchel is coming off of a brilliant start at Yankee Stadium in which he shut out the New York Yankees, silenced the crowd, and sent the Yanks home packing. Check out these numbers. Keuchel is 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA at home. He can be dominant just the way he was against New York as the Yankees were held scoreless in 3 meetings with Keuchel. This covered a span of 21 innings.
Keep and eye on Colby Rasmus. Aside from putting the Yankees away, Rasmus is coming off of a two home run game, is hitting .500 in this series, and has had a home run in each of his last 3 games. Rasmus has been the difference maker and if he goes for 4 straight, the Royals could be in trouble here.
MLB Pick: Houston Astros-180 at 5Dimes