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American League Playoff Preview

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162 games up and 162 games down, yes ladies and gentlemen the 2016 regular season has come to an end, but it is not the end of baseball! The playoffs are set to begin on Tuesday with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on the Baltimore Orioles. So with a take on the legendary baseball commentator Hawk Harrelson, sit back, relax and strap it down playoff baseball is coming your way.

The Wild Card Game

Tuesday night is the one game wild card matchup between the Toronto Blue Jays (89-73) and the Baltimore Orioles (89-73). The game will take place at the Rogers Centre and the game will air on the TBS network (Game start times have not been released). The winner will go on to play the number 1 seed Texas Rangers in the ALDS.

The head to head stats for the 2016 season show that the Blue Jays have a slight edge against the Orioles during the regular season, the Blue Jays have a 10-9 record against the Orioles this season.

In a season that has seen the home run numbers jump to a historic level, no team has taken advantage of that more than the Orioles.  The Orioles will need their power numbers to continue as they carry a team ERA of 4.18 into the playoffs.

The Blue Jays on the other hand haven’t been the team as far as hitting they once were. They hold a team batting avg of .248 for 2016.  However Toronto has a pitching staff that looks to slow down the Orioles power surge.  Behind Pitchers like J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez and a team ERA of 3.78 this will be a battle of who can play to their strengths the best.


One matchup that is already set is between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox.  The Indians hold the home field advantage in this matchup and look to continue their dream season. Cleveland has had a balanced attack all season behind excellent pitching from Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Mike Timlin and a team ERA of 3.84.  They also have been strong on the offensive side of the ball behind Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor.  They will be facing an opponent that is riding the wave of the retirement tour of one of the greatest hitters in baseball. The Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz are also built to win.

Boston is solid on both sides of the ball too with Veteran “Big Papi” leading the youth offensive movement of Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts into the postseason.  They also have a solid top of the rotation between David Price and Ace Rick Porcello.  This series could go either way and looks to be a solid matchup.

There will be two ALDS playoff matchups starting on Thursday, October 6th. The number 1 seed Texas Rangers (95-67) will play the winner of the AL wild card game. The second matchup is between the AL Central winner Cleveland Indians and the AL East winner Boston Red Sox. All the games in the series will be aired on TBS. (Game start times have not been released)

According to the head to head stats the Cleveland Indians hold a 4-2 record over the Boston Red Sox in the 2016 regular season. The Texas Rangers hold a 4-3 record over the Baltimore Orioles and a 3-4 record against the Toronto Blue Jays.


All TV coverage of the ALCS will be aired on Fox. (Game start times have not been released)

Check back for updates on playoff matchups and a deeper look into the playoff race.