The story of the first two games of this American League Division Series seems simple enough at first glance: The Toronto Blue Jays have pounded the Texas Rangers into submission with six home runs to take a 2-0 lead.

The reality is a bit more complex than that, and so are this year’s Blue Jays.

Despite fielding a lineup featuring such accomplished sluggers as Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, it wasn’t the offense – inconsistent for much of the season – that carried Toronto to its second postseason appearance in a row after a 22-year absence.

Instead, it was a rotation that registered the best starters’ ERA in the American League (3.64) that did the heavy lifting, supported by a superior defense. Both have played their part in bringing the Blue Jays to the verge of advancing to the next round as the series shifts to Canada, and their presence bodes well for Toronto’s chances of making a deep October run.