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ALCS continues with Game 2, NLCS kicks off in New York

Oct 17, 2015, 2:40 PM EDT

USA Today


Series: Royals lead 1-0
 Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City
Gametime: 3:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Partly cloudy, 59 degrees, wind 9 mph
Starting pitchers: TOR LHP David Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA) / KCR RHP Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA)

The Royals struck first in Game 1 thanks in large part to six shutout innings by Edinson Volquez. The Blue Jays were held to zero runs despite being the highest-scoring offense in the majors during the regular season.

That will obviously have to change for the Jays, who will send ace David Price to the mound in Game 2. Price has been underwhelming so far this postseason. In Game 1 of the NLDS he gave up five earned runs in seven innings, and he allowed three earned in three innings of relief in Game 4. Price’s career playoff ERA is now an unsightly 5.02 through 12 total games.

Yordano Ventura will pitch for Kansas City, who are aiming to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The hard-throwing right-hander has also struggled in these playoffs with six earned runs in seven innings across two appearances.


Series: 0-0
 Citi Field, New York
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 51 degrees, wind 10 mph
Starting pitchers: CHC LHP Jon Lester (11-12, 3.34 ERA) / NYM RHP Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA)

The American League kicked off their Championship Series on Friday night, so now it’s the NL’s turn to get started. Game 1 of the NLCS will feature a big-time pitching matchup between Jon Lester, a seasoned playoff veteran, and Matt Harvey, one of the game’s best young pitchers.

Lester was good against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS, his only postseason appearance so far, despite the Cubs losing that game. Lester allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings on five hits and a walk with nine strikeouts.

Harvey has also made one playoff start so far this October. He went five innings with three runs (two earned) against the Dodgers in a Game 3 win for the Mets.

Here is a ‘Baseball in the District’ preview of the NL Championship Series:

  1. Doc - Oct 17, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Pete Rose is picking the Royals in 5—but what does Pete know about baseball?? LOL

    • ArVAFan - Oct 17, 2015 at 3:24 PM

      Or, um, “picking teams to win.” Right.

  2. Sonny G 10 - Oct 17, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Go Cubs! (Yes, I’m a sore loser)

    • Susanfaulkner - Oct 17, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      Go Cubs (yes I’m a sore loser to)

  3. natsfan1a - Oct 17, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Go, Cubs, go!

  4. Drew - Oct 17, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Go Cubbies! The Mets’ fans are so flipping obnoxious.

    I can’t believe a series of this importance has the astonishingly boring announcing team of Ernie Johnson and Cal. I wish Yalie Ron Darling could put tape over their mouths and do the games himself.

    Cal is so soporific that if Ripken becomes the Nats’ skipper, Ray Knight will dash into his first postgame news conference holding paddles aloft and shouting, “Clear!”

    • natsfan1a - Oct 18, 2015 at 7:30 AM

      Was texting during the game with my old Chicago/Denver friend. I opined early that the broadcast team was a snoozefest, and she said that maybe they’d improve when the game action picked up. Not so much. She later texted that I was right. I think they maybe even put Maddon to sleep, and he forgot to get his hook. zzzz….

      And that Paul Rudd wannabe Murphy is really starting to annoy me.

  5. Nats Fan Zee - Oct 17, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    The Mets win Game 1 … Amazin

  6. natslive - Oct 18, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Not sure who is worse Ripken or Reynolds….can’t stand either announcing team





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