The American League Division Series pitting the 95-win Kansas City Royals against the Wild Card Houston Astros — who won just 86 during the regular season to finish second in the AL Central — is deadlocked at 1-1, and fans can watch live online as the action moves to Houston, where the Astros send their ace to the mound in hopes of gaining what could be a decisive upper hand.
After dropping the opener at home, the Royals came back to edge the Astros 5-4 in Game Two, thanks to an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh by Ben Zobrist, which held up as the winning run with Wade Davis pitching the ninth for a save.
Perhaps most important when it comes to Sunday’s game, Keuchel has been literally unbeatable at Houston’s Minute Maid Park this year. In 18 starts on the Astros’ home field this season, Keuchel won 15 while taking just three no decisions and no losses — including two complete game shutouts. Keuchel, who threw almost 50 percent sinkerballs throughout the season, seems to have found the formula for keeping runners off the bases in Minute Maid Park, posting a minuscule 0.889 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) at home.
While the Kansas City offense, which ranked sixth in the AL with 724 runs scored, will have its work cut out for it against Keuchel, the Royals are placing their fate in the hands of veteran journeyman Edinson Volquez, who topped 200 innings for the first time in his 11-year career, and his first year in Kansas City after pitching for five previous teams.
Volquez faced the Astros just once in his 33 starts, back on July 1 in Houston, and it did not go well for him. Astros hitters shelled the 32-year-old (who was actually still 31 at the time) for five runs and eight hits — including two round-trippers — in five innings to hand Volquez the loss in a game that ended up with a 6-5 score.
But, the Dominican Republic native did manage to fan eight Astros hitters in the outing.
Volquez has pitched only two innings since September 30, when he threw six innings for the win against the White Sox. Keuchel, who pitched on three days rest against the Yankees October 6, takes the hill on a normal four days rest Sunday.
There are two options to watch the Royals at Astros ALDS Game Three live online. With a login credentials from a participating cable provider, fans can access the MLB Network live stream at this link.
Viewers can also watch the crucial Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros game live online via MLB.tv. For a subscription price of $9.99, MLB.tv streams every remaining postseason game, up through and including the World Series, live online. The offer available at this link includes the MLB Postseason.tv package, featuring alternative video feeds — with no announcers — as well as selected Spring Training games to kick off the 2016 season.
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