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Playoff Gameday Thread, #11: Blue is the playoffest color

The American League Championship series starts today, with two long-time absentees from the World Series fighting for a spot in the Fall Classic.

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Game 5, 5:07 pm FS1. Series tied 2-2
Marco Estrada
RHP, 13-8, 3.13
Edinson Volquez
RHP, 13-9, 3.55
Ben Revere - LF Alcides Escobar - SS
Josh Donaldson - 3B Ben Zobrist - 2B
Jose Bautista - RF Lorenzo Cain - CF
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Eric Hosmer - 1B
Chris Colabello - 1B Kendrys Morales - DH
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Mike Moustakas - 3B
Dioner Navarro - C Salvador Perez - C
Kevin Pillar - CF Alex Gordon - LF
Ryan Goins - 2B Alex Rios - RF

The Blue Jays are positively flush with recent success, having won the World Series as "recently" as 1993. There are 18 teams in the majors who haven't done so more recently than that, and ten of those haven't even reached the World Series. The Cubs, of course, are in possession of the longest drought, but it's worth noting - especially if they complete the Back To The Future prophecy - that there an increasingly-small number of people alive who were around when the Cleveland Indians last won the World Series in 1948. Beyond that, neither of the losers in this year's division series have ever tasted WS champagne, in more than half a century now.

One thing we are guaranteed, is that someone with a pennant drought of more than 20 years will end it this year. There have only been two previous World Series where both teams have been at 20+, but there will be a third in 2015. The last time was in 2005, when the White Sox and Astros were both at over forty years (45 and 43), and the only other occasion was back in 1948, when the Indians and Braves faced off, at 27 and 33 years respectively. Of course, if the Cubs make it, they'll have a great deal of futility on their backs, all by themselves....