Game 3 Preview: Toronto Blue Jays At Texas Rangers
The Toronto Blue Jays won the American League East for the first time since the early 1990’s and went into Game 1 on Thursday afternoon by putting their best foot forward in their summer acquisition and Cy Young Winner David Price, that didn’t work out too well and in Game 2 they fell to the Texas Rangers again after fourteen innings and are now down two games to nothing in the ALDS as they travel to Globe Life Park in Arlington for the Sunday Night Showdown.
The Toronto Blue Jays will send RHP Marco Estrada (3.13, 13-8) to the mound on Sunday night as he builds on his second half momentum that helped him to a 7-3 record and a 2.78 ERA. Batters that have faced Estrada in 2015 had a league leading low .202 average. The Rangers’ pending lineup hasn’t had much success against the right-hander with Mitch Moreland the only Texas player to have a career homerun off of him.
The Texas Rangers will counter with LHP Martin Perez (4.46,3-6) which could mean trouble for his team and a possible win for the Blue Jays’ lineup as their success against lefties has been superb. He has held righties to just a .304 batting average but in the last few weeks of the season has improved his game. One positive is that Perez hasn’t faced many hitters in the Rangers’ lineup in his career. Leading MVP candidate Josh Donaldson has a career average of .385 with a homer and 2 RBIs against the lefty and Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Smoak each have hit over .300 against Perez.