Baseball Two of the hottest teams in baseball square off in the AL Division Series as the Blue Jays and Rangers battle for the right to take on the Astros or Royals in the AL Championship Series. The series between these two teams, first and second in runs scored in the seconf half of the season, has all the markings of a shootout as a bevy of All-Stars take their hacks in the best-of-five series.   MORE: Know your postseason graphics: Blue Jays edition | Get to know the RangersThe Rangers enter the ALDS as the No. 3 seed, clinching the AL West ti

tle with an improbable second half that saw the team go 46-28 after being four games under .500 at the break.  The addition of ace Cole Hamels (7-1, 3.66 ERA with Texas) and the smoking hot second-half bats of Shin-Soo Choo (.343/.455/.560), Adrian Beltre (.318/.376/.509) and Mike Napoli (.295/.396/.513) counter the video-game like numbers the Jays rely on. Led by the power trio of Josh Donaldson (41 homers, 123 RBIs), Jose Bautista (40 homers, 114 RBIs) and Edwin Encarnacion (39 homers, 111 RBIs), the No. 2 seeded Jays finished the regular season first in homers, RBIs, walks and OPS.Throw in the trade-deadline acquisition of former Cy Young Award-winner David Price (9-1, 2.30 ERA with Toronto), and the Jays are one of the favorites to win the World Series. Series schedule (all times Eastern)Game 1: at Toronto, Thursday 3:37 p.m., Fox Sports 1. Game 2: at Toronto, Friday 12:45 p.m., Network Game 3: at Texas, Sunday 8:10 p.m., Fox Sports 1Game 4 (if necessary): at Texas, Oct. 12, TBAGame 5 (if necessary): at Toronto, Oct. 14, TBAExpected startersRangers: Yovani Gallardo (13-11, 3.42 ERA), Hamels, Colby Lewis (17-9, 4.66 ERA) and Derek Holland (4-3, 4.91 ERA).  Blue Jays: Price, Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 ERA), Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13 ERA) and R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91 ERA). Impact players: Rangers — Choo and Beltre. Likely the second and third batters in the Rangers lineup, the duo has been nearly unstoppable. Over the past 30 days, they have averaged .370 or higher with an OPS above 1.046. Blue Jays — Donaldson and Encarnacion are dangerous but also clutch batters. Of Donaldson's 41 homers, 27 either tied the score orgave Toronto the lead. Similarly, Encarnacion is batting .310/.405/.521 in the seventh or later with the team tied, ahead by one or the tying run at least on deck.Numbers to watch:— Lewis is 3-6 with a 6.97 ERA in 11 career games against the Blue Jays, and Holland is 3-2 with a 5.15 ERA in eight games. — The Blue Jays have drastic splits at home compared to on the road. The Jays are 53-28 at Rogers Centre with an .836 OPS but were just 40-41 on the road with a .760 OPS. — Price is just 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 career postseason starts. He is 3-4  with a 5.15 ERA in 11 career starts against the Rangers.— The Rangers have won 10 in a row with Hamels on the mound but his 6.97 ERA against the Jays is his highest against any opponent he has faced more than twice.— Blue Jays closer Robert Osuna has allowed more homers over the past month than he did over the season's first five months combined. — The Rangers bullpen owns an AL-low 2.75 ERA since Aug. 1.Regular season record against: The Blue Jays are 4-2 against the Rangers this season and have outscored Texas 34-21. PredictionsVegas: Game 1: Toronto, -225. Game 2: Toronto, -200. Games 3-5: TBA