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Pair of ALDS Game 5s set for Wednesday night

Oct 14, 2015, 2:20 PM EDT

USA Today


Series: Tied at 2-2
 Rogers Centre, Toronto
Gametime: 4:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Indoors
Starting pitchers: TEX LHP Cole Hamels (13-8, 3.65 ERA) / TOR RHP Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 ERA)

The MLB playoffs have been good to us so far with compelling games in each series, perhaps highlighted by the Cubs beating the Cardinals yesterday and earning their first trip to the NLCS in 12 years. On Wednesday night, we have a good chance for more thrilling playoff action with two do-or-die Game 5s scheduled to determine the two AL Championship Series teams.

The first game is in Toronto where the Blue Jays will try to overcome even more recent misery than the Cubs have endured. In order to advance, though, they will have to beat Cole Hamels, who helped lead Texas to a Game 2 win with seven innings and two earned runs allowed.

Marcus Stroman will pitch for the Blue Jays. He was opposite Hamels in Game 2 and lost despite going a solid seven innings with three earned runs surrendered.


Series: Tied at 2-2
 Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 66 degrees, wind 4 mph
Starting pitchers: HOU RHP Collin McHugh (19-7, 3.89 ERA) / KCR RHP Johnny Cueto (11-13, 3.44 ERA)

The Astros were oh so close to clinching an ALCS berth in Game 4 before they let a four-run lead slip away in the eight inning. They will now hope to not only win Game 5 to advance, but also prevent becoming one of the bigger playoff meltdowns in recent playoff history, perhaps since the Nationals in 2012.

Johnny Cueto will try to put them down for good as the Royals’ starter in his second appearance of this postseason. He pitched Game 2, which Kansas City won despite Cueto allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings.

Collin McHugh will start for Houston after leading them to a win in Game 1. He tossed six innings of two-run ball in what was his first career postseason game.

  1. natsfan1a - Oct 14, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    They just mentioned on the pregame show that Max Scherzer will be joining the pregame shows for ALCS tomorrow night and on Saturday. Go, Max!

    • ArVAFan - Oct 14, 2015 at 5:09 PM

      As long as no one asks him “do you want this segment?” and he forgets where he is!

  2. natslive - Oct 14, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Anyone watching the Blue Jays and bizarre events

    • veejh - Oct 14, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      Si, senor. This is some good stuff.

      • natsfan1a - Oct 14, 2015 at 7:55 PM

        Was watching. Good golly, that was one crazy game.

  3. sunshinebobby - Oct 14, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    You can suck on it and you can like it, Colbert!

    No great Jays fan, but it’s great to see Hamels taken down.

    • IsawTeddywin - Oct 14, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      Eh, Hamels did his job. Without the errors, it’s a shut down inning. Suspect he was truly PO’d at Dyson blowing it after he was pulled.

  4. janebeard - Oct 14, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Those fans were out of control. Like they lived in Philly or something.

    • ArVAFan - Oct 14, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      Yeah, you would have thought they were at a hockey game. Oh, wait, they were playing in Canada. Close enough.

  5. npb99 - Oct 14, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    The Rangers choke job on defense made our bullpen meltdowns against the Mets look a little bit less horrible.

    • veejh - Oct 15, 2015 at 12:06 AM

      3 errors in the middle of a game 5 with a lead that led to the loss. Yikes, I can’t imagine our thread after a meltdown like that.

      • NatsLady - Oct 15, 2015 at 7:24 AM

        Did you see Beltre’s face after he made that perfect throw and it was dropped??? Man has been playing through EPIC pain and this is what he gets for his trouble.

  6. Doc - Oct 15, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    I liked the game–it was like hockey. Good thing that hand guns are outlawed in Canada! I didn’t think that the umps would live to see their hotel rooms.

    More rumbles on the field than an LA gang war! Great game to watch, maybe the greatest for me.

    Hoping the Jays get to play the Cubbies. Toronto’s Jays 252 HRs against the Cubbie big guns!

    The 7th inning lasted over an hour.

    Nite y’all!

  7. natsfan1a - Oct 15, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    Nothing against the Royals but was hoping the young, early arriving Astros might advance. Oh well. Next we get to see who the Cubbies will face.





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