ALCS could see Lone Star Series, Minnesota Melee

'We're just ready to face any opponent,' says García as Texas celebrates ALDS win

October 11th, 2023

ARLINGTON -- The Silver Boot Series has never found itself in the postseason.

Once established as a rivalry in Interleague Play when the Astros were in the National League and Rangers in the American League, the two clubs have played 266 times since their first meeting on June 8, 2001, at The Ballpark in Arlington. But they’ve never met in the postseason.

In fact, the two clubs have only reached the postseason in the same year once in the history of the Lone Star Series (2015).

With the Rangers advancing to the American League Championship Series for just the third time in franchise history on Tuesday, a Silver Boot Postseason Series has become a possibility, as Houston is currently battling it out with the Minnesota Twins for the other spot in the ALCS.

The Rangers are not ignorant to the fact that the ALCS could lead directly to a matchup with a team that defeated them fairly handily throughout the regular season and secured the division on the final day of the year.

“I mean, obviously we ain't stupid,” Max Scherzer said of a potential rematch with Houston. “But I'm not going to sleep on Minnesota and what they can do. I mean, they are in a tight series right now. I've been in those situations and obviously seen that team. They're a very good team, and they're in a tough, tough series.”

Asked if he would like to face the Astros or Twins, Adolis García chuckled. The Rangers’ outfielder has been part of some electric series in his three years with the club, and he has been a catalyst for many of Texas’ wins over that time.

“I think I don't really want to say a lot on that,” he said. “I think we're just ready to face any opponent and anyone that's there.”

In the regular season, the Rangers were 4-9 against Houston and 2-5 against Minnesota.

But a lot can change in the postseason, as the Rangers have demonstrated by winning five straight games in the Wild Card Series and ALDS to advance to the ALCS.

“I haven't been thinking about anything but trying to win this series [against Baltimore],” Bochy said. “I'm a game at a time, series at a time. That's as far as I can go. But it could happen. You don't know. But I'm just excited to hear we're in the Championship Series."

Thanks to the sweep, the Rangers are rewarded with four days off as Houston and Minnesota gear up for Game 4. While the Astros have a chance to clinch, Texas will enjoy its first full day off in two weeks with an optional workout. After Sunday’s victory in Game 2, the Rangers returned home for the first time since a home victory over Seattle back on Sept. 24. Since then, the club has traveled nearly 7,000 miles.

The Rangers await their opponent, but one thing is clear: they believe they have a chance to beat whoever is on the other side of the field.

“This team, when we’re at our best, we feel like we can compete with everybody,” general manager Chris Young said. “It’s going to be hard. That Baltimore team is unbelievable. They are so good. They’re going to be good for years to come. Not to say we came into this expecting a sweep. We did not. So to be here spraying champagne and celebrating this quickly, it’s just -- I really can’t describe it, honestly. But this team is focused, and they have bigger goals. And we want to keep working towards those."