A pair of former Toronto Blue Jays relievers will be anchoring both World Series bullpens when the Fall Classic kicks off on Tuesday.
Roberto Osuna and Daniel Hudson had drastically different tenures with the Blue Jays, however, both hurlers will have something in common when they attempt to close out games for their respective teams in the World Series.
Hudson has been lights out since the Nationals acquired the 32-year old t the trade deadline in exchange for Kyle Johnston. In 24 regular-season games for Washington, Hudson compiled an impressive 1.44 earned run average with six saves for his new team.
The journeyman has taken it up another notch in the postseason having not surrendered a run in six playoff outings thus far. Hudson has slammed the door notching four saves this postseason while fanning five in 5.2 innings of work.
Hudson will attempt to continue his dominant run versus the potent offence of the Astros.
Osuna is in his second season with the Astros after the Blue Jays opted to part ways with the troubled closer following domestic abuse allegations while playing north of the border. The trade brought closer Ken Giles into the fold for the Blue Jays while Osuna headed to Houston.
The 24-year old went 4-3 with a 2.63 earned run average and 38 saves for the American League-leading Astros. Osuna has surrendered three runs in 7.2 postseason innings, however, none bigger than the two he was touched up for in Game Six versus the Yankees.
DJ LeMahieu squared up the contest at four runs apiece with a two-run shot to right-field versus Osuna. The homer set the stage for the Jose Altuve walk-off dramatics off Aroldis Chapman but nonetheless.
Both former Jays pitchers will be relied upon heavily to slam the door on World Series games and help their squad inch closer to World Champion status.