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The postseason is has gotten off to a very defensive start as we have seen seven runs scored in the first two games combined. I expect that to be toppled in this game alone and namely by just the side of Toronto. This is the first playoff game in 22 years for the Blue Jays so to say this place is going to be electric is an understatement. They didn’t exactly close the season well as they dropped four of their last five games immediately after clinching the American League East but all of those games were on the road and back home, Toronto is 53-28 which is tied for the best record in the American League. Texas came out of nowhere to win the American League West as it put up a 46-28 record after the break, the third best behind the Blue Jays and Cubs.

The Rangers were solid on the road but stealing Game One will be difficult with Yovani Gallardo on the hill. He went 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA during the regular season which is decent but the problem is he doesn’t miss many bats (5.9 K/9), allows too many baserunners proven by his 1.42 WHIP and has a history of allowing the long ball. He closed with seven straight non-quality starts and while he pitched extremely well against Toronto in two starts this season, that changes here. Not much can be said about David Price that you don’t already know so no reason to go into detail. He dominated overall and at home and he pitched in the postseason last year in the ALDS and while he lost, he pitched a gem but had no run support. Surprisingly, the Blue Jays had the worst one-run record in baseball at 15-28 which is good for the runline as of their 93 wins, 78 were by two or more runs.

10* (902) Toronto Blue Jays -1.5 Runs