FiveThirtyEight: The ALDS matchup between Toronto and Texas could get ugly

Neil Paine previews the ALDS matchup between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers.
1:34 | 06/17/18

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Transcript for FiveThirtyEight: The ALDS matchup between Toronto and Texas could get ugly
Sabina pick one series to watch for in this division round of the MLB playoffs. Gotta be Texas and Toronto over on the American League side. The Texas had the best record in the American League they're playing the series at home you might think they'd be pretty easy favorites. That would be rock Toronto even under the wild card would play three out of a potential five games on the road has the 52% probability of winning this year. And one of the reasons why it's Ron I was actually better than their record would indicate they rank third in are you a ratings during the regular season. But the bigger reason is Texas has 95 when record is a little bit deceiving they got pretty lucky of one run ball games during the regular season. And that's not likely to continue going forward throughout the playoffs. That's why they rank fourteenth in Major League Baseball in our U low ratings and if you look at the World Series odds for these two teams. Toronto comes in ahead 11% probability of winning the World Series vs texas' near 8%. Now I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the other big reason to watch the series which is the distinct possibility of bad blood between the teams. They faced in last year's AL DS. And it turned into it. Epic five game series that saw the benches cleared after Jose Batista back flip when he hit a home run flash forward in the beginning of this year and root had -- door hunched Joey bats in the face which also led to a benches clearing brawl between the teams so be surprised that the series went by without at least another incident like that and just speaking as a fan. Financial looking forward to.

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