Oct 8, 2015, 3:01 PM EDT
ALDS GAME 1: TEXAS RANGERS AT TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto
Gametime: 3:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Indoor (roof will be closed)
Starting pitchers: TEX RHP Yovani Gallardo (13–11, 3.42 ERA) / LHP David Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA)
Postseason baseball returns to Toronto for the first time since 1993, a span of 22 long years, on Thursday. The last two times the Blue Jays made the playoffs, they won it all. Fans north of the border are very excited about being back in October, so you can bet it will be a raucous crowd at the Rogers Centre, especially for the series opener which is set for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch.
The Jays will start trade deadline acquisition David Price, who has been brilliant all year and especially since joining his new team. Price is 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA since landing in Toronto.
Yovani Gallardo will start for Texas hoping to overcome a rocky end to his season. Gallardo hasn’t recorded an out in the sixth inning since Aug. 22, a span of seven starts.
ALDS GAME 1: HOUSTON ASTROS AT KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Where: Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 75 degrees, wind 8 mph
Starting pitchers: HOU RHP Collin McHugh (19–7, 3.89 ERA) / KCR RHP Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA)
The Kansas City Royals ended a 29-year playoff drought last season and surprised everyone by making it all the way to the World Series. This time they enter the postseason fully expecting to compete for a championship.
Their journey will begin against the Houston Astros, winners of the AL Wild Card game over the Yankees. The Astros took the season series 4-2 and outscored Kansas City 22-13 in those games.
Hard-throwing starter Yordano Ventura will get the ball for the Royals. He was inconsistent this season, but was very good overall last year in the playoffs. In four postseason starts he allowed seven earned runs in 25 total innings (2.52 ERA).
Collin McHugh will start for Houston in his first career postseason appearance. The right-hander had some mixed results down the stretch with a 4.70 ERA in his last five starts this year.
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