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Royals, Mets can clinch on Wednesday night

Oct 21, 2015, 2:50 PM EDT

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ALCS GAME 5: KANSAS CITY ROYALS AT TORONTO BLUE JAYS

Series: Royals lead 3-1
Where:
 Rogers Centre, Toronto
Gametime: 4:00 p.m.
TV: FS1
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Indoors
Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA) / TOR RHP Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13 ERA)

The Blue Jays’ offense looked like it had turned a corner in Game 3, but it was the Royals lineup that exploded on Tuesday to knock R.A. Dickey out early and earn a blowout victory. Now they sit one win away from reaching the World Series for the second consecutive year.

This will be the final game in Toronto for this series, so perhaps the home crowd can give the Blue Jays a lift. They have veteran Marco Estrada set to pitch in his seventh career playoff appearance. He has started two games in this postseason with four earned runs allowed across 11 2/3 innings.

Edinson Volquez will start for Kansas City. He has been solid so far in these playoffs with three earned runs surrendered in 11 2/3 innings.

NLCS GAME 4: NEW YORK METS AT CHICAGO CUBS

Series: Mets lead 3-0
Where:
 Wrigley Field, Chicago
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
TV: TBS
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Cloudy, 71 degrees, wind 10 mph
Starting pitchers: NYM LHP Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27 ERA) / CHC RHP Jason Hammel (10-7, 3.74 ERA)

The Cubs returned home on Tuesday night only to lose to the Mets and set themselves up for a potential sweep in the NLCS. They will take the field on Wednesday in desperation mode as they hope to keep their magical 2015 season alive.

Jason Hammel will get the ball for Chicago in his just his second outing this postseason. He pitched Game 4 of the NLDS and allowed two runs on three walks and three hits in three innings before getting yanked.

Rookie Steven Matz will start for New York in his second career playoff game. He took the loss in Game 4 of the NLDS after allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks in five innings pitched.

  1. npb99 - Oct 22, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    For the second year in a row, a popular ex-Nat will play in the World Series. Not sure what to think of that…

    • NatsLady - Oct 22, 2015 at 7:58 AM

      Chris Young, Marco Estrada… ex-Nats… (Of course I assume you mean Tyler Clippard).

      • npb99 - Oct 22, 2015 at 8:09 AM

        Yep, Clipper this year, Mikey Mo last year.

  2. janebeard - Oct 22, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    It makes it more fun when a Beloved Player is in it. Next best thing till we get there. Go Clip!

  3. natsfan1a - Oct 22, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Le sigh. I cannot root for NY.

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