The Toronto Blue Jays enter their American League Division Series with the Texas Rangers hotter than any other playoff team. The Jays have gone 40-18 in their final two months of the regular season, which has Toronto as a massive -255 favorite to win the series according to 5Dimes.
The Jays will start ace David Price in Game 1 with Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada and R.A. Dickey following in order. If the series goes to Game 5, you can expect Price to take the mound again.
The Rangers will send Yovani Gallardo out for Game 1 after his career dominance of the Jays. Behind him Cole Hamels will certainly get the start in Game 2, but the rest of the rotation is up-in-the-air.
Royals Only Slightly Favored Against Astros
The Kansas City Royals had first place in the American League on-lock for most of the season, but they only hold -150 chalk for their ALDS series with the Houston Astros according to 5Dimes.
After a shaky start to the season, Yordano Ventura straightened out his game and will start in Game 1 for the Royals. Former ace Johnny Cueto will get the start in Game 2 with Edinson Volquez taking the mound in Game 3.
The Astros will be without their best pitcher to start the series after they started Dallas Keuchel in their Wild Card game against the New York Yankees, but he is expected to be pitching in Game 3. Before Keuchel in Game 3, Collin McHugh will start Game 1 with Scott Kazmir in Game 2.
Dodgers favored in Potential Pitching Duel
In what could provide some of the best pitching matchups of this postseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a -200 favorite to win their National League Division Series against the New York Mets.
The Dodgers will send their two Cy Young candidates to the rubber to start the series with Clayton Kershaw getting the call for Game 1 and Zack Grienke for Game 2. There is a considerable dropoff in talent though for Game 3 with Brett Anderson scheduled to start.
The Mets will sport the potentially deadly rotation of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey, in order, for the first three games of the series.
Series Even Between Cubs and Cardinals
According to 5Dimes no series is closer than the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams opened at -110 less than 12 hours after Jake Arrieta’s masterful pitching performance for the Cubs in the Wild Card Game.
Only the Game 1 pitchers have been announced for the Cubbies and the Cards with former Red Sox teammates Jon Lester and John Lackey faced to square off.
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