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Both Championship Series continue

Oct 20, 2015, 3:49 PM EDT

USA Today


Series: Royals lead 2-1
 Rogers Centre, Toronto
Gametime: 4:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Indoors
Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Chris Young (11-6, 3.06 ERA) / TOR RHP R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91 ERA)

The Blue Jays offense finally broke out in Game 3 to lead Toronto to their first win of the ALCS. Now they hope to carry that over in Game 4 and even up the series before it shifts back to Kansas City.

The Jays jumped all over Johnny Cueto and looked like the high-scoring offense they were in the regular season in Game 3. In Game 4 they will face a different challenge in Chris Young, who does not throw nearly as hard as Cueto but fires from a high trajectory at 6-foot-10.

The 36-year-old veteran is making his third career postseason start. He has been excellent so far in his brief playoff career with only one earned run allowed in 10 2/3 total innings. In Game 1 of the ALDS against Houston, however, he took the loss despite allowing one run in four innings of work.

Former Cy Young-winner R.A. Dickey will pitch for Toronto in his second career postseason start. He went 4 2/3 innings with one run allowed in Game 4 of the ALDS against Texas. Dickey shut the Royals out through seven innings in his only matchup with them during the regular season in a Blue Jays win on Aug. 2.


Series: Mets lead 2-0
 Wrigley Field, Chicago
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Cloudy, 69 degrees, wind 8 mph
Starting pitchers: NYM RHP Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54 ERA) / CHC RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-7, 3.95 ERA)

The NL Championship Series moves to Wrigley Field on Tuesday night for what should be a special atmosphere in Chicago. The Cubs will probably need all the support they can get to climb back in this series both down 0-2 and with Jacob deGrom up next pitching for New York.

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks will get the ball for Chicago hoping to be better than both Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta were in Games 1 and 2. For the Cubs to win, however, they will need something more from their offense which has combined for only three runs through two games.

deGrom has been very good for the Mets so far through two career playoff starts. He has allowed two earned runs in 13 innings with 20 strikeouts and four walks. Working in the Cubs’ favor, though, is some decent success against the right-hander this season. They faced deGrom twice and scored a total of eight runs (7 ER) in 10 1/3 innings.


  1. Nats Fan Zee - Oct 20, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    I talked to a buddy in Chicago today. They are happy to be at this point and feel like they are playing with house money. 2016 is the target for them and with all the talent they have, I tend to agree with him. Having said that, looking forward to a good game tonight.

  2. ArVAFan - Oct 20, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Seems unfair that Chris Young didn’t qualify for the win in Toronto tonight (“one out short”). I remember seeing him in Viera at Spring Training at P & C. They had the pitchers lined up by height in the practice bullpen: Chris is taller even than Fister, so he was at the far end. Gio, (who is 6′ . . . . from cleats to cap) was on the short end of the line, chattering with Ramos and Livo in Spanish.

    Chris gave all kinds of credit today to the Nats for helping him revive his career: finding the right medical help (!), working through the rehab, and then Rizzo making some calls to ‘sell” him to other teams when it became apparent that he wouldn’t be needed on the ML team in 2014. Nice to hear that the medical staff did something right.

  3. ijncricket - Oct 20, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Time to give the robots a try at judging the strike zone. I can’t believe how many balls are being called strikes for deGrom.





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