Texas Rangers Kick Off Their Playoff Run Today
The Texas Rangers (95-67) will start what will hopefully be another World Series appearance this afternoon as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays (89-73) in Game 1 of the ALDS (American League Division Series). First pitch is at 3:30 P.M. on TBS.
The Rangers hold home field advantage in the American League through the playoffs. Rangers' Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32 ERA) will be the Game 1 starter against Blue Jays' Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA).
This will be a rematch of last year's ALDS which the Rangers lost 3 games to 2 to the Blue Jays. That series featured the notorious bat flip of not-liked-at-all Jose Bautista.
The disrespect the Rangers felt about that carried into the only series the Rangers played against the Blue Jays this season. Matt Bush hit Bautista with a pitch in the 8th inning. Blue Jays got an infield hit with their next batter and Bautista took a late slide into Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor. Needless to say, the second greatest hit in Rangers history happened.
I say "second greatest" because we long time Ranger fans remember in 1993 when Nolan Ryan, 46 years old at the time, hit the White Sox Robin Ventura, 26 years old at the time. Yeah, that didn't work out to well for Ventura.
Let's Go Rangers!