TORONTO- For the second straight playoff series, the Toronto Blue Jays swept the Texas Rangers in the ALDS in a walk-off fashion during Sunday night’s dramatic 7-6 victory in ten innings.
Looks like the Blue Jays would rather to take punch in May than to get knocked out in October.
In a rematch rife with emotions and tempers flare from last year’s ALDS ended with Jose Bautista’s historic bat flip to the May 15 regular season finale when Rougned Odor punching him in the face, the Blue Jays kept their composure and demolished the AL West Champs. It is quite ironic that the series ended on Odor’s throwing error. Looks like he will be having nightmares as the Rangers are going home feeling gutted that the Blue Jays won the ALDS against them for the second consecutive year.
The Blue Jays’ offense struggled mightily in September and their playoff hope was in jeopardy. But now it seems that everything is coming together in October as they found their mojo with their potent offense. So far, the Blue Jays have hit the most home runs during the postseason with 10.
Once again, Josh Donaldson delivered in a huge way. The 2015 AL MVP was nursing a hip injury since September. But that didn’t let that bother him as his hustling display was the biggest reason why the Blue Jays won the ALDS finale. He definitely led by example with his outstanding baseball IQ.
Their pitching have been outstanding limited the Baltimore Orioles and the Rangers with a 2.77 ERA, fourth best in the postseason. While Aaron Sanchez didn’t have his best stuff, the bullpen managed to pitch 4.1 shutout innings with Roberto Osuna pitching in two of those innings.
On paper, it seems that the Blue Jays may have the most completed team in the American League. But they have to keep their momentum going the going will get tougher during the postseason.
While the Blue Jays wait to see if they are playing the Boston Red Sox or Cleveland Indians in the ALCS, it won’t matter. All it matters is that they will be ready and rested for Game 1 in about a week or so.
Everything is coming together and the timing couldn’t have been better. With great offense and pitching execution during the postseason, the Blue Jays quest continues as the will be looking to bring the World Series back to Toronto for the first time since 1993. Now that would be great to witness for all Blue Jays fans around the world.