Have the Blue Jays overextended rookie closer Roberto Osuna?
Yes, I have the Pittsburgh Pirates winning the World Series over the Toronto Blue Jays and becoming the second straight National League Wild Card team to take home the trophy. Those concerns are doubled now that Toronto has drawn the hot-hitting Rangers in the ALDS.
Chicago won the season series over Pittsburgh by an 11-8 margin, taking six of 10 from the Pirates at PNC Park, including three of four in mid-September, but dropped two of three at home two weekends ago.
The rest of Texas’ pitching stable did not fare as well against the high-powered Blue Jays offense this season, allowing 33 runs over four losses. Just as significantly, the Blue Jays are powered by righthanded sluggers, with Nos.
Toronto opens its postseason with an ALDS clash with the Texas Rangers, who rode a 20-12 run down the stretch to capture the AL West crown but trail at a distant 12/1 on the World Series betting lines.
On Twitter, the Jays announced start times for their opening playoff games against the Texas Rangers at the Rogers Centre this Thursday and Friday. Yovani Gallardo won the others.
Is there any life left in the Yankees’ offense?
The Royals, meanwhile, will begin their postseason run against the victor of the AL Wild Card Game between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros on Thursday. New York will play host to Houston in the AL Wild Card matchup on Tuesday night.