Rangers vs. Blue Jays Game 5 Preview & Prediction

The Texas Rangers held a 2-0 lead in the best of five series against the Toronto Blue Jays, but Toronto fought back and won both games in Texas to force a decisive Game 5. So will win this afternoon? Here's our preview and prediction: 


Marcus Stroman (TOR) [4-0, 1.65 ERA] vs. Cole Hamels (TEX) [13-8, 3.65 ERA]

Starting Lineups: 

Texas Rangers

CF Delino DeShields Jr.
RF Shin-Soo Choo
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Prince Fielder
1B Mitch Moreland
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
2B Rougned Odor
C Robinson Chirinos

Toronto Blue Jays

LF Ben Revere
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Chris Colabello
C Russell Martin
2B Ryan Goins
CF Kevin Pillar

Key To The Game: 

The starters will be critical in this one. Hamels has been amazing since being acquired by Texas and has a ton of postseason experience, while Stroman is only in his seoncd year in the majors. We'll know early in the game whether or not the stage is too big for Stroman, and a strong start for Hamels could silence the crowd and put him on pace to dominate Toronto's power lineup. Whichever pitcher gets off to a better start in the first three innings will win this game for their team.

Prediction: Blue Jays Win 8-3

No home team has won yet in this series, so why will that suddenly change in Game 5? With emotions running higher than ever in a winner-take-all game, the crowd can have more of an impact on the emotions of players. I think Toronto will hit a home run early in the game that will send their fans into a frenzy, giving them a lead they won't relinquish.

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