Series Preview: Blue Jays looking for to beat up the lone Rangers
By Jeff Morten
It’s time for another run kids. The Blue Jays took two of three from Tampa IN Tampa. Tell me you saw that coming. And if you guessed Marco “Stieb” Estrada would have a no-hitter lost in the eighth…after another no-hitter was lost in the eighth in his last start. The last guy to throw no-hitters into the eighth in back to back starts was Sir David Stieb waaaay back in 1988. ’88? Man I AM old. With that said, Estrada seems to have great chemistry with Dioner Navarro and that may complicate things if he were to be used as a trading chip before the upcoming deadline.
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The once AL East cellar dwelling Rangers are the next team to feel magic. The come into Toronto feeling pretty good in third place. Their team features a rejuvenated Prince Fielder, a return of former cornerstone franchisee line mate Josh Hamilton. Mitch Moreland is hitting over .300, Delino Deshields (son of former big league Expo Delino Deshields) leads the team in steals with 13, Yovani Gallardo and first game pitcher of this series Nick Martinez both have ERA’s under 3. Chi Chi Gonzalez is another guy who has helped to solidify the rotation. From top to bottom this isn’t as fearsome as it once was but make no mistake,,,,they are as real and deep with a lot of character guys…kind of like the Jays.