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ALDS Game Ones GameThread: Rangers at Blue Jays (3:30pm EDT); Astros at Royals (7:30m EDT)

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The real playoffs!

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In the afternoon game, the real MLB Playoffs will heat up in Canada for the first time since 1993 when the Rangers visit the Blue Jays. AL Cy Young candidate (and probably front runner) David Price (2.45 ERA) will take the hill for the Jays, while Yovani Gallardo (3.42 ERA) will get the call for the Rangers.

In the night cap, Yordano Ventura (4.08 ERA) will attempt to not instigate fist fights (or, maybe he won't) for the Royals as the Astros roll into Kansas City fresh off of blanking the Yankees in New York. Right handed pitching Colin McHugh (3.89 ERA) will get the start for the 'Stros.

Interesting in this one are also those who are NOT pitching; prized trade deadline grabs Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto will not be starting Game 1 of the ALDS for the Rangers and Royals respectively. Hamels pitched in the division deciding game 162 on Sunday and will pitch Friday's Game 2 on normal rest. Cueto on the other hand, just hasn't been all that good recently. Or, maybe he just said he didn't want to pitch on short rest. (Quick comment on that article: Hug Johnny Cueto, you bastards.)

Since arriving from the Queen City, the former Reds ace sports an uncharacteristically high 4.76 ERA. In the same time frame, Ventura has gotten hot to the tune of a 3.26 ERA, allowing a measly .653 OPS against in his last 13 starts. There's no doubt that Ventura has the stuff, but he can frequently get hot under the collar, and if I had my druthers (and Ned Yost, too, I'm sure), I'd like it to be Johnny out there today.

Enjoy the games, Red Reporters.

Go (team), they're my (adjective) team!