With both ALDS’s going to a Game 5, it brings on excitement and anxiety for baseball fans. All the teams have played well together, but at different times during the series. The Rangers were playing lights out in the first two games, but have gotten cold in the last two resulting in two wins by the Blue Jays. In the other series, the games have gone back and forth between the Royals and Astros.
Each of these teams have been through some type of playoff drought over the years creating a possible storybook finish for whoever wins. The Royals, who had one of the longest droughts in the MLB, went 28 years without a playoff appearance up until last year. The Blue Jays have gone 21 years without a playoff appearance up until this year. The Astros have gone 9 years without a playoff appearance up until this year. The Rangers, who had one of the shortest droughts in MLB, went two years without a playoff appearance.
Rangers vs. Blue Jays
With the series going back to Toronto, the Blue Jays are trying to complete their comeback of being down 0-2. On the hill for the Blue Jays is Marcus Stroman who pitched in game 2 allowing four runs (three earned) over seven innings. On the hill for the Rangers is Ace Cole Hamels who also pitched game 2 allowing four runs (two earned) over seven innings. With neither team winning any home games, this game is going to be a toss up. My prediction is the Rangers will win because their backs are against the wall and they seem to deliver when the season is on the line.
Royals vs. Astros
As this series finish ups in Kansas City, both teams have an equal change to win because they are 1-1 at home. On the hill for the Royals is Ace Johnny Cueto who pitched game 2 allowing four runs over six innings. On the hill for the Astros is Collin McHugh who pitched game 1 allowing two runs over six innings and capturing the win. Even though the Astros blew a 6-2 lead during the last game, I still believe they are in the driver seat to win this game.
It is yet to be seen who will win, but these two games will be exciting to watch. Since I live in Texas and am a Rangers fan I would love to see a Lone Star State Series for the ALCS.
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Ben Sudderth III