Astros Drop Series To A’s, Face Legitimate Race In AL West

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The Matchup: (2) New York Mets vs. (1) Toronto Blue Jays

Season Series: 2-2

Predicted Outcome: Blue Jays in 7

On the surface, a New York Mets-Toronto Blue Jays matchup in the World Series would look like the classic pitching versus offense showdown.

However, the Mets have had one of the best offenses in baseball since acquiring Cespedes, and the Blue Jays have completely transformed their pitching staff with the addition of Price and a healthy Stroman, so that's not exactly a fair assessment of both teams at this point.

Their only regular-season matchup came in June when they played a home/away four-game series, and both teams won their two games at home.

For the Mets, Harvey threw seven scoreless innings in his start, and Syndergaard struck out 11 Blue Jays hitters and allowed just two hits in six innings of work. However, the Blue Jays shelled Colon for nine hits and seven runs in just 4.1 innings.

Buehrle and Dickey both pitched well in their starts, while the since-demoted Drew Hutchison and Scott Copeland started the other two games for the Blue Jays.

The beginning of the series plays out identically to their regular-season matchup, as the Blue Jays take the first two games at home, but the Mets even the series at 2-2 when things head back to Citi Field.

Price comes through once again with a gem in Game 5 to put the Blue Jays back on top, but the Mets refuse to roll over, taking Game 6 when they quickly silence the Rogers Centre crowd with a huge first inning offensively.

With a World Series title within reach and a big payday awaiting in the offseason, Price proves to be the hero this October as he starts Game 7 on just two days of rest and picks up his third win of the series.

The Blue Jays take home their first World Series title since winning back-to-back in 1992 and 1993, and Price is left with a tough decision this offseason on whether to return to the Blue Jays or ride off into the sunset as a franchise hero.

All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2570582-updated-round-by-round-mlb-playoff-predictions-heading-into-final-week

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