October baseball is here and it is winding down fast. TheNLCS has finally been decided with a Game 5 nail-biting victory by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Washington Nationals. They will go on to play the team that had the best regular season record in baseball, the Chicago Cubs, but now we will look at the highly anticipated ALCS match up between the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays.

This is going to be an interesting series considering how talented each of these teams are on both sides of the ball. In terms of batting, each of these teams were ranked in the top 10 in the league for runs scored and on-base percentage during the regular season.

Their dominance didn't stop there as they were both ranked in the top 10 in ERA and the top 5 in opponents batting average. So let's take a look at each of these team's starting rotations before their series gets underway.

Indians starting rotation

I don't know how many people expected the Indians to sweep the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. A lot of people actually had the Red Sox going to the World Series for David Ortiz's final season of baseball. A big part of their success was because of their starting pitching rotation that ranked #7 in the league in ERA. Here is what their rotation originally looked like going into theALCS:

Game 1: Corey Kluber at Cleveland

Game 2: Trevor Bauer at Cleveland

Game 3: Josh Tomlin at Toronto

Game 4: Mike Clevinger at Toronto

The Indians have announced that Bauer will not pitch Game 2 after suffering a cut on his throwing hand.

Tomlin getting the start for Game 2 shouldn't put the Indians at too much of a disadvantage.

In his Game 3 win over the Red Sox, he pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 runs. The Blue Jays are another devil though when it comes to batting though. They ranked #4 in the league in home runs during the regular season.If there is any team that could match up well against the Blue Jays, it is the Indians.

Blue Jays starting rotation

The Blue Jays starting rotation is often times overlooked because of how talented their bats are. When you think about star Toronto players, the conversation usually revolves around Josh Donaldson or Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion. Here is what their starting rotation will look like for the ALCS:

Game 1: Marco Estrada atCleveland

Game 2: J.A. Happ atCleveland

Game 3: Marcus Stroman atToronto

Game 4: Aaron Sanchez atToronto

The 3-game sweep of the Texas Ranger may have caught everyone off guard after theBlue Jaysbarely made it past the Baltimore Orioles in the AL Wildcard game, but here they are. It goes to show you that your team's regular season record means nothing when it comes to the playoffs since the Rangers were the top team in the AL.

TheIndiansand theBlue Jayswill start their series tonight at 8:08 pm inClevelandin a highly anticipatedALCSshowdown.

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