Major League Baseball Fantasy Baseball News October 7th 2015
Texas Rangers versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 1 ALDS MLB Playoffs Fantasy Preview 10-8-2015
The Toronto Blue Jays will meet the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of their ALDS best of five series from the Major League Baseball playoffs. MLB draft GM’s cane tune to FOX Sports 1 at 3:30PM Eastern Time on Thursday October 8th to follow the results of their roster picks.
The Texas Rangers won the AL West division by defeating the LA Angels in Game 162 of the season by the score of 9-2. They went 5-5 down the stretch as they finished two games ahead of the Houston Astros to win the division and it came down to the final game. Texas took a huge blow heading out of spring training losing their top two arms in their pitching rotation. Despite ranking in the lower third of MLB in Team ERA (4.25) and Team WHIP (1.36) the Rangers offense powered the team to a division title. Texas pushes across 4.64 rush per game ranking 3rd best in the league and bat .257 good for tenth best in MLB.
Toronto made all the right moves at the All Star Break as they powered past the New York Yankees to win the AL East division by six games. Left hander David Price was a big acquisition for the team to help push them to the top. Toronto has hit well ranking first in runs scored per game (5.50), second best in MLB in team batting (.269) and are tops in home runs (232). The Blue Jays lost the home field advantage to Kansas City in the AL playoffs by losing four of their past five games.
Texas Rangers DH:
Fielder led the everyday hitters with a .305 batting average with 23 homers and 98 RBIs. He went 2 of 12 with an RBI facing David Price this season. His batting average against right handed pitchers is .343 and Fielder hits .253 against lefties. He enters the playoffs on a 2 for 15 slump in October.
Texas Rangers 3B:
The veteran third baseman came on strong in the tail end of the season. He finished with a .287 batting average with 18 homers and 83 RBIs. He is batting .303 against David Price over his career with two homers. Beltre is batting .311 against left handed pitchers.
Texas Rangers P:
The Texas right hander has worked 33 games this year and is 13-11 with an ERA of 3.42 and WHIP of 1.42. He pitched two games against the Blue Jays and is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00 as he allowed no earned runs in 13 2/3rd innings of work. Toronto batted just .136 against the right hander.
Toronto Blue Jays 3B:
Donaldson led Toronto with a .297 batting average with 41 homers and 123 RBIs. He is a .333 career hitter against Gallardo with two RBIs. Donaldson bats .330 in his home ballpark this year with 24 of his 41 home runs hit there.
Toronto Blue Jays DH:
The Blue Jays 32 year old DH finished the regular season with a .277 hitting average with 39 homers and 111 RBIs. He bats a career .313 against Gallardo with three homers hit. In 24 at bats against Texas pitching Encarnacion has four homers and 11 RBIs in just 24 at bats.
Toronto Blue Jays P:
The Blue Jays left hander in 32 games pitched this year is 18-5 with an ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 1.08. Against Texas in 2015 Price is 1-0 with an ERA of 3.00. He started just once against the Rangers in 2015 and gave up two earned runs and five hits over six innings.