Ross Ohlendorf (back) was solid for the Syracuse Chiefs in his rehab start on Monday. Ohlendorf pitched five one-hit innings in his season debut.
That was much better than his previous rehab appearance where he allowed seven earned runs in 2.1 innings while yielding 11 hits. He figures to head to the bullpen once he is back on the Nationals' roster.ANALYST: Ivar G. Anderson
Hanser Alberto went 1-for-5 with two RBI, including the go-ahead single in the 15th inning of the Rangers’ win over the Blue Jays on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
What a storybook ending to Game 2 for Alberto, who made a crucial error in the second inning which eventually helped the Blue Jays plate two runs to tie the game early, 3-3. But Alberto came back in the 15th inning to laser a go-ahead, run-scoring single to center field to give the Rangers all the room they would need to escape with a 2-0 ALDS lead. Texas added an insurance run one batter later to give them some cushion, but it was Alberto’s RBI that mainly allowed them to head to Texas with a huge upper hand. Alberto could have a gigantic role coming this postseason. With Adrian Beltre dealing with a back injury, Alberto will be called on to handle the hot corner at third base and provide some sort of stability out of the No. 9 spot in the order. Analysis: Zack Carpenter
Josh Donaldson went 1-for-6 with a solo home run against the Rangers on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
After leaving yesterday’s game with a concussion and putting a big scare into Jays fans everywhere, Donaldson came back and immediately showed off the power that netted him 41 homers during the regular season with a laser shot to center field in the first inning. He had a chance to end the game, bombing a long foul ball that would have sent the Blue Jays walking off in the 13th inning, which led to the benches clearing in a heated (yet eventually uneventful) altercation. The 2015 AL MVP (or at least he should be) is the leader of the best offense in baseball as the first to hit in front of the deadly foursome of himself, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki. Coming into the postseason as the favorites to make it to the World Series out of the AL, Toronto and its core of superstars now have their hands full with an 0-2 hole to dig itself out of as they head to Texas on Sunday. Donaldson (1-for-7 in the series after making just two plate appearances in Game 1) will need to show off the juice in his bat if the Jays want to meet their high expectations. Analysis: Zack Carpenter
Marcus Stroman allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks over seven innings against the Rangers on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Stroman is a huge reason the Blue Jays have been dubbed as favorites out of the AL to get to the World Series. Obviously, Toronto has the best offense in baseball, but Stroman provides an electric arm as their No. 2 starter who can back up his hitters. He didn’t show it early today, getting tagged for three runs through two frames, but he settled in to shut the Rangers down. Coming into today, Stroman had been magnificent since coming back from a torn ACL, posting a 1.67 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 18 strikeouts in 27 innings since Sept. 12. Expect him to shake off the poor beginning to today’s outing which was undoubtedly due to postseason jitters for the 24-year-old pitching in his first playoff action. He should be able to continue the momentum of the last five innings he tossed today and make a huge impact in his next start, whether it be Game 5 of the ALDS or Game 1 of the ALCS. Analysis: Zack Carpenter