Nolan Writin Predictions for the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros ALCS matchup

Our crew is back with another round of predictions this time for the ALCS between the Astros and Rangers that gets started on Sunday night.
Houston Astros v Texas Rangers
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Lorenzo Almanza

The Texas Rangers are set for an exciting series with the Houston Astros. The Battle of Texas will come down to skill vs tactic. If Texas can forces the Astros’ starting pitchers to throw a lot early then this will help the their chances of moving on.Also, if Bruce Bochy can out-coach Busty Baker, then the sky is the limit for Texas.I think the Rangers will be tested early on. However, I believe rookies Josh Jung and Evan Carter will be the difference makers. If the rookie duo can continue performing at a high level, then there is no doubt Texas will be playing in the World Series.Give me the Rangers in six. I believe this team is young and hungry. Plus with Max Scherzer back it will help the bullpen tremendously.

Prediction: Texas Rangers 4-2

Brian Sweet

The baseball Gods have blessed the state of Texas with a matchup of the ages for a chance to play in the World Series. Before I get to my prediction, I would like to apologize to the Nolan Writin readers for doubting the Rangers in the playoffs. I didn’t think this team had it in them after the last week of the season and being down both Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer. I was completely blown away when we swept the top team in the American League, the Baltimore Orioles.

Now the Rangers are going up against their division rival for a shot at their first World Series birth since 2011. This is not going to be a walk in the park. The Astros are loaded with talent just like the Rangers down their lineup. Jose Abreu, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Chas McCormick. Yordan Alvarez and Michael Brantley. They also have a deep rotation with Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez, J.P. France and others. The Rangers did get some good news this week as Max Scherzer will more than likely be added to the ALCS roster as he’s good to go. The Astros won’t have it easy as the Rangers have Josh Jung, Adolis Garcia, and Scherzer back. The Rangers also have added their top prospect Evan Carter to their roster who the Astros haven’t gone up against before. To wrap my prediction, I think the Rangers are the hottest team in the playoffs right now and it’s time for a new team to hoist the American League trophy this year.  

Prediction: Texas Rangers 4-2