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Blue Jays aim to gain ground in Game 3

Oct 19, 2015, 5:06 PM EDT

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ALCS GAME 3: KANSAS CITY ROYALS AT TORONTO BLUE JAYS

Series: Royals lead 2-0
Where:
 Rogers Centre, Toronto
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
TV: FS1
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Indoors
Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Johnny Cueto (11-13, 3.44 ERA) / TOR RHP Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 ERA)

The AL Championship Series shifts to Toronto on Monday night with the Blue Jays looking to climb themselves out of an 0-2 hole. It is the same deficit they rebounded from in the ALDS against Texas, which was a five-game series, but the Royals look to be a much better team than the Rangers.

The Blue Jays will also have to overcome Johnny Cueto, who was brilliant his last time out. After struggling for months since joining the Royals at the trade deadline, Cueto looked like his old self in Game 5 against the Astros. He went eight innings with two runs allowed on only two hits and zero walks.

Toronto will hope their offense wakes up after scoring only three runs across their last two games. They were the highest-scoring offense in baseball this season and could not be stopped once they got going against the Rangers.

Pitching for the Blue Jays will be right-hander Marcus Stroman. A 24-year-old former first round pick, Stroman has been solid so far this postseason. He has allowed five earned runs in 13 total innings across two starts. With the high-powered Blue Jays offense supporting him, that should be good enough to win in the playoffs. We’ll see if they can put it all together in Game 3 on Monday night.

 

  1. Susanfaulkner - Oct 19, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Might go back and forth between that game and Monday night football just because of the pitching matchup.

  2. edshelton2013 - Oct 19, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Off topic, but can someone tell me if Desmond will get a QO?
    If he does, might he take it in hopes of improving on his 2015 numbers and getting a mega-deal the following year??

    • ArVAFan - Oct 19, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      I can tell you that the expectation is that he will get one, not take it, and get a much better deal elsewhere (although (1) it may not be what it would have been before this season, and (2) it may have incentive clauses–which would hedge the bets on both sides). So the Nats would get a draft pick.

      JZimm will get one and turn it down as well (duh). Fister, probably not (because he WOULD take it), and Span?

      Well, Span’s a bit up in the air. If Span doesn’t get one, that would indicate that the Nats don’t want him back AND don’t like his medicals–which would scare away other teams as well. So I hope he gets one–even if he turns it down in hopes of a better deal elsewhere. And if he takes it? Well, I wouldn’t mind seeing him in CF for at least part of another year while MAT gets more experience.

      So that’s the rumored wisdom these days, but I would still say that the only thing that would surprise me about Rizzo is if he doesn’t surprise us at least once this offseason. The nice thing about QO’s is that the dates are coming up, so we don’t have to wait until next year to see how this stage of the offseason turns out.

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