Thursday's ALDS Open Thread

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It's Game 5 of the ALDS between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics tonight. One goes home, one goes to Boston.

In the Detroit-Oakland series, it's down to Game 5.  After tonight, one team goes to Boston to start the ALCS on Saturday, and the other goes home.

Detroit sends one of its most experienced postseason pitchers out tonight, as Justin Verlander makes the start for them.  This is his second start of the postseason, and in his first start against Oakland, he was dominant.  Back in Game 2, he pitched seven shutout innings, scattering a total of four hits and one walk, with eleven strikeouts.  He will have to face Oakland starter Sonny Gray again tonight, who was just as good in Game 2.  Gray ended up pitching eight innings in that game, also allowing four hits, though he walked two and struck out nine.  These two matched each other pitch for pitch in Game 2, and Oakland got the win on a walkoff single.  How will Game 5 play out?

First pitch is at 7:07 pm, and the game can be viewed on TBS.

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