Blue Jays at Rangers

Toronto tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of. The margin in 10 of those wins was three or fewer runs. 130 in his last six games. Prior to that, they went 5-1 at home by sweeping a three-game series against Tampa Bay and took two of three from Seattle.


All stats and standings are through Sunday, August 23. Troy Tulowitzki, who always murdered Rangers pitching as a member of the Rockies is now a Blue Jay, but he’s batting just.

Speaking of franchise history, general manager Alex Anthopoulos made some by turning over one fifth of his roster in four days. The Rangers are the most unlikely team of any to be in this position.

Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson have been at the forefront of the barrage. David Price struck out nine in eight innings his last time out to improve to 3-0 as a Blue Jay. They are likely to face a steeper challenge in Arlington than they did in Anaheim.

Here’s what to watch for in another round of meaningful August baseball between two red-hot contenders.

Rudge said in the event of a schedule conflict, the Argos have reached out to a number of venues to host their affected home games.

The Jays have been the hottest team in the American League since the all-star break with a 24-9 record but right behind them are the Rangers, who have gone 22-13 to fashion a 64-59 overall record, which places them in possession of the second wild-card spot.

At one extreme in the Texas lineup is Prince Fielder, the lumbering DH whose.

Donaldson eclipsed the 100-RBI mark for the first time in his career over the weekend. 868 OPS, both below his career norms.

Like the Jays, the Rangers loaded up at the July 31 trade deadline with their biggest acquisition being left-handed ace Cole Hamels, a starter on par with the Jays’ David Price. He has just six hits in 33 plate appearances versus lefties on the season.

Mark Buehrle (13-6, 3.45) vs. Derek Holland (1-1, 3.68) Buehrle lasted only four innings in his last start in Philadelphia, in part because he was lifted for a pinch-hitter with his team down 4-2.

– 3B Adrian Beltre went 3-for-14 against the Tigers in the four-game series and over his last six games he has gone 4-for-22.

Holland is 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA over his last five starts against the Blue Jays but hasn’t faced them since 2013. Lewis is tied for the league lead in wins.


Holland pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs and striking out six in a 7-2 win over the Mariners.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim Calif. Sunday Aug. 23 2015