Two Game 5s will be played today and by the time we all go to bed this evening (unless you're an #old that goes to bed before baseball is over), we'll know the match up for the American League Championship Series.
At 4pm EDT, we'll turn our attention to the North, where the Jays will look to complete the three game comeback against the Rangers. Neither team has succeeded in front of their home crowds yet in this series, so while the 40,000-plus strong Canadians will be giving their politest support at the Rogers Centre, the Rangers have seemed very comfortable there in this series.
Cole Hamels will look to close it out for his new ball club in Texas, while the Jays will not hand the ball to David Price, because they handed the ball to David Price for 3 innings in Game 4 while the Blue Jays were leading by six runs in the 5th inning. That is, uh, less than optimal bullpenning, right there. Instead, the Jays will turn to Marcus Stroman, who's been incredible, but he's not a former (and likely, current winner) of the AL Cy Young Award.
At 8pm EDT, Houston and Kansas City will kick off their Game 5 at the K. And boy, this one's got me as invested as I'm going to get in this postseason. Johnny Cueto will look to right all of the wrongs of his Kansas City tenure by shutting down the Astro hitters and sending his new squad into the next round. Collin McHugh will be tasked with helping extend Houston's improbable run.
The real winner in all of this is us, the baseball fans. There's few things better in sports than a postseason elimination game, and we get two of them tonight.