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Indians/Jays ALCS Notes

October 14, 2016

After stirring finishes in both N.L. division series which totaled 9 of a possible 10 games, game 1 of the American League Championship Series, at least initially, seems anticlimactic. Certainly their 2 division series, each a three game sweep offered little drama, the good news being only the minimum 6 games, for TBS.

Certainly it was no fault of the ALCS opponents, the two seed Cleveland Indians and the wild card, four seed but series over, seven to five favorites, the Toronto Blue Jays.

Victories totaling 5 by the two teams vs the Boston Red Sox, first forced Boston to open in Cleveland and then eliminated them in 3 straight games.

Three wins by the Indians at defending champion K.C. and three wins by the Jays over the top seed Rangers set up this ALCS.

The Indians, opening an ALCS at home for the first time, are (2-2) in previous ALCS and (0-4) in ALCS openers.

Toronto in its second straight ALCS, is (2-4) in previous ALCS, also going (2-4) in series openers.

I probably will not update this ALCS until Monday after two games, and the scheduled third game that night in Toronto.

Speaking of night, (I say) day. This will be the 6th time in the Jays’ 7 championship series appearances, that barring a postponement, game 1 is at night with game 2 beginning less than 24 hours later, during the day. In the previous 5, four times either the Jays or their opponent took a (2-0) series lead.

Conversely in the previous 4 Indians ALCS appearances, only once was there a night/day schedule for “one and two,” that in 1998 vs the Yankees. Additionally, also in contrast to the Jays’ ALCS history, all four previous Indians’ games one and two were split, the opponent winning game 1 and “Cleve” coming back to win game 2.

 

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