The Toronto Blue Jays started their ALDS series against the Texas Rangers with a bang Thursday with a 10-1 win. By now, you’ve read our columns about how great Marco Estrada pitched, how Jose Bautista got his revenge and how Troy Tulowitzki provided a decisive blow to the Rangers with a bases clearing triple.
But what about the writers on the other side?
Below is a sample of what the Rangers columnists had to say after the game. Spoiler: they weren’t happy.
Tortured Rangers fans know all about “one pitch away” moments and their miniscule value. Their team is in deep trouble against a lineup that may be emerging from its own September slumber. Josh Donaldson went 4 for 4 and, yes, Jose Bautista was hardly rattled by the boos that washed down from the crowd of 47,434. He produced his second playoff home run, having opened Tuesday’s wild-card scoring with one, and drove in four runs.
Bautista’s three-run homer late in the game was the only knockout punch this crowd got to witness.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram — Blue Jays foiled Rangers’ plans with a knockout punch
Rule One of the best-of-five MLB division series dictates that the home team must win the first two games. The penalty is losing the home-field advantage, not to mention whatever momentum the 95 wins and the 47,434-member audience bring.
But, Rangers chin, meet the cocked right knuckles of the Toronto Blue Jays.
(Although) this is obviously a potentially season-ending setback, the Rangers have shown that they can bounce back from circumstances such as this. That said, I really would like the Rangers to stop performing poorly in home ALDS games.
Whatever, let’s all go to Whataburger.