by Tyler Williamson
It has been a while since the state of Texas has had both Major League franchises in the playoffs in the same year, but has never met in a playoff series. The Astros and Rangers were both one win away from that happening, when the Kansas City Royals eliminated the Houston Astros, and the Toronto Blue Jays eliminated the Texas Rangers in their final game of the American League Division Series.
For the first time in 10 years, the Astros make the postseason by clinching the wild card after years of sub-par seasons and after the first three games of the Division Series. It looked like a championship was coming until the eighth inning of game four against the Royals. The Astros were six outs away from advancing to their first ever American League Championship Series, leading 6-2, but the bullpen gave up seven runs in the final two innings to lose game four. The series would go back to Kansas City where the Astros lose in game five and the series. Even though this was heartbreaking for all Houston fans, the future is bright for this franchise as they are hoping bigger things will come next season with the young talent they have coming back.
Now after starting off slow in the season, the Rangers were able to win out the months of August and September to catch the Astros for the AL West title, but had to face a surging Toronto Blue Jays team who was the favorite to win AL pennant. After winning the first two games in Toronto, all the Rangers had to do was win one game in Arlington to clinch the series. The Blue Jays showed why they were the favorites and was able to win the final three games of the series after a Jose Bautista home run in game 5 to send the Rangers back home. Now just like the Astros, the future is very bright with their ace pitcher Yu Darvish coming back for next season and could make things interesting again next year having the best pitching rotation in baseball.
With the success of this baseball season, the Rangers and Astros could be battling for many AL West championships for many years to come.