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    导出博客文章The Texas Rangers head to Toronto down 2-0 in their ALDS series and are fighting for their playoff lives. Dolphins Jerseys Shop . Will Colby Lewis help stave off elimination, or will Aaron Sanchez and the Blue Jays advance to their second consecutive ALCS by defeating the Rangers?Go inside the numbers and matchups that will decide Game 3, and then vote for which team will win at the bottom of the page.Inside the pitching matchupWhen?Colby Lewis is on the mound:?The veteran right-hander draws the start even though he missed July and August with a lat strain and didnt pitch well upon his return (17 runs, including six home runs in 18 1/3 innings). Jeff Banister is obviously hoping that Lewis can deliver in the playoffs like he has in the past -- he has a 2.38 postseason ERA over 53 innings.Lewis survives on guile and guts as much as anything, with a fastball that averages just 87 mph. Hell add some sink to it once in a while but has to locate the corners to have success. His low 80s slider is his primary secondary offering -- although righties actually hit it better than lefties -- and he mixes in an occasional changeup and curveball. As you might expect from a finesse guy, he can be prone to the home run; he allowed 19 in 116 1/3 innings. He shut down the running game this season (base stealers were just 2-for-7 off him), not that the Blue Jays run that much. --?David SchoenfieldWhen?Aaron Sanchez is on the mound: In his first full season as a starter, Sanchez was the most improved pitcher in the league, going 15-2 in 30 starts with an AL-leading 3.00 ERA. He had pitched well out of the bullpen in 2015 but struggled with walks and a poor strikeout rate as a starter. To the Jays credit, they stuck with him as a starter, and everything came together.Theres nothing fancy here: He comes right at batters with a hard, sinking 93-97 mph fastball which he threw 74 percent of the time -- only Bartolo Colon had a higher percentage of fastballs among starters -- and he ranked seventh among starters in average fastball velocity at 94.7. Even though Sanchez throws the fastball up in the zone, batters have trouble elevating it and hit just 10 home runs in 528 at-bats in plate appearances ending with the pitch.As you may guess, since he throws the fastball so often, his two off-speed pitches -- a curveball and, less often, a changeup -- were lethal. Batters hit .159 with a 45 percent strikeout against the curve and .133 against the changeup. With two strikes he increases his usage of both off-speed pitches. Sanchez faced the Rangers twice back in May and allowed six runs in 6 2/3 innings in the second start. In that game he had his lowest percentage of fastballs of any start, so lets see if he goes back to throwing a lot of heaters. -- SchoenfieldPlayer in the spotlightCarlos Beltran: The Rangers DH has been one of the greatest postseason performers of all time with a .656 career slugging percentage, but he has gone a harmless 2-for-8 so far. -- SchoenfieldWhat will decide the gameHow do you get Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (5-for-9 in the first two games) out?Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis knows. Tulowitzki is 2-for-13 with a sacrifice fly in his career against Lewis, including 1-for-8 in at-bats that end with a slider. Keeping Tulowitzki from doing damage is important. The Blue Jays are 38-8 when Tulowitzki drives in at least one run this season (for comparative purposes, they were 51-22 when Edwin Encarnacion drove in a run and 28-18 when Jose Bautista drove in a run).-- Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & InfoChoosing sides: Who will win??Texas starter Colby Lewis, who pitches more with guile than stuff, allowed 19 homers in 19 starts this season. The Toronto Blue Jays finished third in the American League with 221 homers, and theyve hit five in the first two games of the ALDS. That does not bode well for the Rangers who must beat AL ERA leader Aaron Sanchez, who went 15-2. The task feels monumental. -- Jean-Jacques Taylor?The Blue Jays are playing at home, have homered eight times in their three postseason games and are starting Aaron Sanchez, who was 15-2 with the best ERA in the league (3.00). The Rangers counter with Colby Lewis who allowed 17 runs in 18 1/3 innings after returning from shoulder injury. So yeah, I think Canadian fans will have something to celebrate on their Thanksgiving Day on Monday. -- Jim CapleWhere the series standsLewis wasnt likely to go deep into this game even if the series was tied, so now its even more likely that Banister turns this game even sooner to his bullpen. Martin Perez could be a multi-inning option, but the Rangers may need Sam Dyson, Matt Bush and Jeremy Jeffress to soak four to five innings between them. The Jays would have Marcus Stroman rested for a possible Game 4, and while the Rangers havent announced a probable starter, you wonder if theyll go back to Cole Hamels on short rest. --?Schoenfield Dolphins Jerseys Store . Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short. Minkah Fitzpatrick Jersey . - Levi Browns tenure at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is over before it even began. . 1 position. The Mustangs (6-0), who beat Queens 50-31 last weekend, earned 17 first-place votes and 287 points in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada. Western was last ranked first in the country in October 2011. Team Sweden is devilishly clever. Its players exude a quiet, calm confidence. There are plenty of reasons to believe that Sweden -- considered a perennial powerhouse among European teams -- will win the World Cup of Hockey. Its team is loaded with talent, depth, experience and goaltending. Pride is a major factor for Sweden, and its players have said time and again how badly they want to win this best-on-best tournament.How Team Sweden could winIt starts with?Henrik Lundqvist. The 34-year-old goalie has not played in a game since April 23, when he gave up six goals on 23 shots and was pulled after two periods in the?New York Rangers 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins?in the series-clinching Game 5 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He took time during the summer to reflect and refocus his efforts to prepare to represent his country at the World Cup with the hope it will be a springboard to the regular season with the Rangers.Besides Lundqvist, Sweden has the best overall defense corps in the tournament. The blue line of Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, Erik Karlsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Mattias Ekholm and Hampus Lindholm has the ability to dominate the opposition in every part of the game. Those players will also help offensively and can shut down any opposing offense in this tournament.The top forward line of Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Loui Eriksson has been outstanding. Beyond that trio, opponents also have to deal with Filip Forsberg, Nicklas Backstrom and Patric Hornqvist as a second line. Depth and puck possession are key for Sweden, whose special teams, especially the power-play unit, are major weapons. Karlsson will basically quarterback both unnits from the point, and the Sedins, Eriksson and Larsson will join him to make up the first power-play unit. Mike Gesicki Jersey. How Team Sweden could loseIf Sweden does lose, it will be at the hands of an extremely talented team. Opponents will try to limit the Swedes puck-possession time. If Sweden doesnt have the puck, or cant get it -- or if Lundqvist isnt sharp -- that could be its downfall. With that in mind, the Swedes focused on winning faceoffs during the pretournament, so quickly gaining possession of the drop will be key.Health is, of course, a factor for every team, but Sweden cant afford to lose anyone else. Before training camp, captain Henrik Zetterberg, goalie Robin Lehner, defenseman Niklas Kronwall and forward Alexander Steen?all bowed out of the World Cup. Forward Rickard Rakell was recently scratched from the roster because of an unspecified illness. Despite all that, Sweden begins the tournament in good shape.What to watch for: To win big, Swedes must think smallSince this best-on-best tournament is being played on the smaller North American ice surface, goals will be at a premium. Most goals should come from the dirty areas in front of the net, so Sweden spent a lot of time during camp working on small-area games. That forces quick decisions with the puck and the Swedes want that to become second nature, because teams will attempt to push them around in those areas. Keep an eye on young forwards Forsberg and Jakob Silfverberg. Both are coming into their own for the national team, and this could be the perfect stage for their continued development. 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