On this page I will do a short recap and post the finals scores for the games and when each series concludes there will be a recap of each! I’d love to do more on each game but that amount of time isn’t in the cards right now with my work on Today’s Knuckleball. However, I can’t just not say anything about the games so here goes … me attempting not to be too long winded …
ALDS: Texas Rangers 5 @ Toronto Blue Jays 3
Starting Pitchers: Yovani Gallardo vs. David Price
- Home Runs: Rougned Odor, Robinson Chirinos
- Yovani Gallardo has been stellar the last two months of the season and has won all four times he has faced the Blue Jays in his career.
- Adrian Beltre added an RBI but left the game with a strained back, is currently listed as day-to-day.
- Top MVP candidate Josh Donaldson took a knee to the head, sliding into second base and was removed from the game as a precaution in case of a concussion. (FOX analyst and all-time hits leader Pete Rose went on to criticize him for leaving the game!) Want more? Click HERE.
- Jose Bautista also exited the game early with tightness in his calf. Luckily for Toronto neither Donaldson nor Bautista are expected to miss any playing time.
- Before exiting the game Bautista hit a solo-shot off of Keone Kela, it was the first home run Kela had allowed since July 30 and only the second of the season.
- David Price, the Jays’ ace remains 1-6 in postseason appearances, allowing all five of the Rangers’ runs.
ALDS: Houston Astros 5 @ Kansas City Royals 2
Starting Pitchers: Collin McHugh vs. Yordano Ventura
- Kendrys Morales becomes first royal have a multi-homer playoff game since George Brett
- Morales home runs were the only runs that the Royals were able to score off of McHugh
- Yordano Venture lasted just two innings allowing four hits and three runs before he was replaced by Chris Young who also allowed a run on three hits in four innings. Kelvin Herrera, Ryan Madson and Luke Hochevar closed out the game pitching an inning a piece.
- Madson allowed the Astros fifth and final run in the eighth on a solo shot by Rasmus.
- McHugh went six full inning allowing just 4 hits and two home runs – both came from – you guessed it Kendrys Morales
- As for the Astros offense? They used their regular MO – a combination of small ball and of course, home runs -Both George Spring and Colby Ramus both went deep
- Jose Altuve went 3-5 in Thursday’s game