Blue Jays play first postseason game in 22 years

Oct 8, 2015 9:17 AM

Take 901 TEXAS RANGERS / TORONTO BLUE JAYS UNDER 8

The drought is over for the Toronto Blue Jays who will play their first postseason game in 22 years when they host the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the American League Division series. First pitch for the matinee affair is slated for 12:37 pm PT at Rogers Centre where Jays lefty David Price (-235) will face Yovani Gallardo (+215). The total is 8.

Toronto (93-69) used a potent offense to steamroll opponents en route to the AL East title. The Blue Jays were the only big league team to top 800 runs and outscored the Yankees, baseball's second-most prolific offense, by 127 runs. 

Texas finished third with 751 runs. Toronto also scored in double digits 26 times this season and led baseball with 232 homers, 852 RBI and 570 walks. Texas (88-74) wasn't expected to be part of the postseason party but surprisingly won the AL West on the final day of the season.

Texas beat Toronto twice this season and Gallardo (13-11, 3.42 ERA) picked up both victories. He was just 2-2 with a hefty 4.85 ERA in six September starts but his success versus the Blue Jays made him the no-brainer call to pitch the opener.

Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA) was 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts for the Blue Jays after being acquired from Detroit and won each of his final five regular-season starts but is just 3-4 with a 5.15 ERA in 11 career regular-season outings against the Rangers and 0-3 with a 4.66 ERA in three postseason starts. Overall Price has yet to win in the playoffs going 0-5 with a 4.98 ERA in five starts.

Toronto is 42-17 in its last 59 home games and 43-18 in its last 61 overall.

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