The Toronto Blue Jays are back in the MLB postseason for the first time since 1993, and Sportsnet has all the angles covered. After each of the Blue Jays’ playoff games, we’ll compile a home for all of the news, features, opinions and must-see videos, just in case you missed it.
ALDS GAME 1 RECAP
“Price falters and Blue Jays lose stars to injury in ALDS Game 1 loss” — Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor homered off ace David Price as the Texas Rangers defeated the Blue Jays 5-3 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday, spoiling the Blue Jays’ long-awaited return to the post-season.
“Blue Jays needed Donaldson’s blunt leadership style,” by Arden Zwelling — As much as the Blue Jays have flourished thanks to his immense on-field talent, Josh Donaldson’s blunt-yet-often-necessary leadership style has been just as, if not more, important for Toronto’s success.
“Toronto-born Blue Jays bullpen catcher knows playoffs is a big deal,” by Michael Grange — To see the Toronto Blue Jays playing post-season baseball for the first time in 22 years is a big deal. Just how big, though? Ask Blue Jays bullpen catcher, and Toronto native, Alex Andreopoulos.
“Price has made impact far beyond anyone would expect of a rental,” by Arden Zwelling — Toronto Blue Jays pitcher David Price has made an impact on his team far beyond what anyone would expect of a rental ace acquired with two months to go in the season.
“Blue Jays bullpen arms ready for the unexpected,” by Shi Davidi — Playoff baseball can certainly be cut-throat, with shorter leashes on starters and heavier loads on trusted relievers, a reality that the Blue Jays bullpen is ready for.
“Q&A: Rangers GM Daniels on going all-in, playoff heartbreak,” by Shi Davidi — Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels talks about his team’s decision to push forward at the trade deadline, the thought process when making a deal, World Series heartbreak and more.
“Rangers’ Gallardo not your typical Blue Jays slayer,” by Gare Joyce — Yovani Gallardo seems like a pretty understated, thoughtful, soft-spoken guy, which is to say that he doesn’t really fit the role of Blue Jays slayer, nemesis and antidote to the most potent offence in baseball.
“Revere: Grandfather always wanted me to hit like Pete Rose,” by Ben Nicholson-Smith — On a team full of sluggers, a singles hitter like Ben Revere stands out.
“The 1993 & 2015 Blue Jays lineups in interactive photos” — An interactive photo comparison of the Blue Jays lineups between the 1993 ALCS Game 1 roster and the current lineup the Blue jays will roll with in Thursday’s opening game of the ALDS.
“Adrian Beltre leaves ALDS Game 1 with back injury,” by Nick Ashbourne — Texas Rangers star third baseman Adrian Beltre left Game 1 with back stiffness.
“Blue Jays stars Donaldson, Bautista exit Game 1 of ALDS vs. Rangers,” by Arden Zwelling — Josh Donaldson was removed from Thursday’s ALDS opener in the fifth inning in what the Toronto Blue Jays described as “a precaution” after the third baseman took a knee to the head during a slide at second base. Star outfielder Jose Bautista also left the game early.
“Blue Jays, and their fans, learn harsh realities of playoff baseball,” by Shi Davidi — The Toronto Blue Jays, and their fans, learned first-hand the harsh realities, of post-season baseball Thursday in a 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers with a few injury scares to go along with it all.
“Play of the Game: Bautista vs. Odor vs. Price” — Vote for the play of the game from the Blue Jays’ ALDS Game 1 loss to the Texas Rangers.
“Photos: Best images from Blue Jays-Rangers ALDS Game 1” — Check out the best images from Game 1 of the ALDS between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers.
‘Nerves’ a big factor in disappointing Price performance, by Michael Grange: David Price let nerves get the best of him in a rocky Game 1 ALDS performance for the Toronto Blue Jays, leaving a packed, towel-waving Rogers Centre crowd disappointed after 22 years without playoff baseball.
Donaldson, Beltre and baseball’s ‘Butterfly Effect, by Mike Wilner: Sometimes an event that seems pretty small can lead to something pretty big. Call it baseball’s Butterfly Effect and it played a big part in Game 1 of the ALDS between the Blue Jays and Rangers.
Odor’s unusual outing kick-starts Rangers’ winning offence, by Kristina Rutherford: Rougned Odor kick-started the Rangers’ offense on Thursday, an afternoon tilt that saw Texas come out with a 5-3 win in front of a crowd that had been waiting 22 years for the post-season to return to Toronto.
Rangers get the best of Blue Jays even without leader Beltre by Jeff Blair: The Texas Rangers took a 1-0 lead on the Toronto Blue Jays in their best-of-five American League Division Series despite the loss of their emotional and on-field leader Adrian Beltre.
Rangers could lose heart-and-soul if Beltre’s injury is serious by Gare Joyce: Despite the Texas Rangers listing Adrian Beltre as day-to-day with a back strain, his injury looked more like an upper-and-lower-body injury, something on the scale of his central nervous system shorting out.