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VYPE rankings: Powers rising in playoffs

Lamar will face Ridge Point next. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Well, Week 1 of the playoffs went about as planned in the Houston-area, barring a few upsets. FB Bush was shocked by Katy Taylor 14-0, The Woodlands fell to Rockwall at home, Spring took an “L” to Klein 10-7 and Crosby lost a wild one to Port Neches-Groves 72-69.

So what shockers will happen in the Area-Round? There are tons of great games, so stay tuned to our predictions.

CLASS 6A TOP 20

Rank

Team (Record)

Comment
1 Katy (9-0) Uhhhh Houston, Katy is a Problem
2 Klein Collins (10-0) Will be Tougher Against Stony Point
3 Cy-Fair (10-0) Dream Season; Favs for DII Region III
4 Westfield (10-0) No One Giving Love to ‘Stangs – Loaded
5 Ridge Point (9-1) Game of the Week vs Lamar
6 Lamar (8-1) Game of the Week vs Ridge Point
7 Atascocita (9-1) Eagles are Flying with Roe at Helm
8 Langham Creek (9-1) Will Roll Katy Taylor
9 Clear Springs (8-2) Will have Tough Game vs North Shore
10 North Shore (7-3) Peaking with Freshman QB
11 The Woodlands (7-3) Tough End Against Rockwall
12 Klein Oak (7-3) Snuck by Aldine Davis
13 Cypress Ranch (8-2) Can They Shock World vs Katy?
14 Dickinson (8-2) Gators are Athletic Enough Against Atascocita
15 Strake Jesuit (8-2) Cy-Fair will be Tough Challenge
16 FB Bush (7-2) Stubbed Toe Against Katy Taylor
17 Friendswood (8-3) Interesting Matchup vs Summer Creek
18 Clear Lake (8-3) Favored vs Kingwood
19 Summer Creek (7-3) Can High-Powered Offense Get by FWood
20 Klein (7-3) Defense Flexed vs Spring

 

CLASS 5A TOP 10

Rank

Team (Record)

Comment
1 Manvel (10-0) Nederland is Next
2 Angleton (10-0) Boerne Champion will be a Challenge
3 FB Marshall (8-2) Too Talented for New Caney
4 New Caney (8-2) Can They Keep Up with Buffs?
5 Magnolia West (9-1) Up Against Power Program – Temple
6 Foster (7-3) Could Continue Playoff Push vs Dripping Springs
7 Crosby (8-2) Heartbreaker to PNG
8 Galveston Ball (6-4) Still in Postseason
9 Texas City (5-5) Tough Hill to Climb vs PNG
10 Waltrip (8-1) Kings of HISD

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PROBABLE STARTERS

Thurs, Sept. 24 - HOU: Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33) vs. TEX: Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53)

Fri, Sept. 25 - HOU: Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.78) vs. TEX: Kyle Cody (1-1, 1.53)

Sat, Sept. 26 - HOU: TBD vs. TEX: Kyle Gibson (2-6, 5.87)

Sun, Sept. 27 - HOU: TBD vs. TEX: Jordan Lyles (1-5, 7.07)

STORYLINES

Season finale - The Astros will wrap up their regular season with their four game set in Arlington at the new Globe Life Field. Houston's magic number rests at two, as the Angels still have a puncher's chance. With Houston's miserable 8-20 road record, the postseason is anything but clinched.

Where's the offense? - The Astros offense has left a lot to be desired over the last few weeks, scoring more than three runs just twice in their last ten games. The bats really need to get going, especially if the team expects to do anything in the playoffs. George Springer has been the only reliable bat of late, with the performances of Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman, and, most of all, Jose Altuve, leaving a lot to be desired.

Playoff seeding - If the playoffs started today, the Astros would face off with their division rivals in Oakland. There's an infinite number of possibilities over the next four games, but the Astros can see themselves finish anywhere from the fifth seed to out of the playoffs entirely. Any of Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Oakland, Chicago, New York, and Cleveland could be first round foes depending on how the cards fall.

PREDICTION

Lance Lynn has been one of the better pitchers in the game for a few years now, Kyle Cody is an intriguing young arm with good stuff, and Jordan Lyles and Kyle Gibson gave the Astros fits in Houston just last week. It isn't a recipe for success for Houston. The Astros win 1 of 4, which combined with the Angels and Mariners failing to take care of business, is enough to get Houston into the playoffs.

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