After dropping the first two games of the American League Division Series at home, the Toronto Blue Jays have a chance to come back to the former SkyDome and make amends. They beat the Texas Rangers twice in Arlington to knot the series at 2-2 heading into Wednesday’s Game 5 (4:07 PM ET, FS1).
It took some creative managing to put the Jays in this position. David Price (2.78 FIP) seems to struggle against the Rangers, who have a combined .739 OPS versus the Cy Young-winning lefty. As a result, Toronto used Price in a relief role on Wednesday, starting RA Dickey in an 8-4 win as –154 road favourites on the closing line.
That sets up future ace Marcus Stroman (3.54 FIP) to start Game 5 at home. He’s been a bit lucky since coming off the disabled list in September, posting a .237 BABIP against in four regular-season starts. But the Jays won all four of those starts before losing 6-4 in Game 2 as –175 home favourites. The winner that day, Cole Hamels (3.47 FIP), is expected to start Game 5. Texas was 10-2 behind Hamels during the regular season for 7.60 units in earnings.