The Texas Rangers get another chance on Monday to eliminate the Toronto Blue Jays and move on to the American League Championship Series. Baseball fans can watch live online as the Rangers try to win a series-clinching postseason game after losing their last four in a row going back to the final two games of the 2011 World Series.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays, who had not appeared in the postseason since winning the World Series in 1993, finally won their first postseason game since then, beating Texas 5-1 to stay alive in AL Division Series and give themselves a chance, with a win on Monday, to force a deciding Game 5 back in Toronto on Wednesday.
Of course, the home field has not proven to be an advantage in the Blue Jays vs. Rangers best-of-five series so far, with the visiting team winning all three games.
Texas has made a surprise choice in starting pitcher, counting on 29-year-old, seven-year veteran lefty Derek Holland to end the series in Game 4 and avoid the prospect of returning to Toronto and winning Game 5 in front of a raucous and earsplitting Rogers Centre crowd.
The choice of Holland comes as a bit of a shock. Not only is he a southpaw facing a Toronto lineup loaded with right-handed home run threats, but in just 10 starts this year, Holland recorded an unimpressive 4.91 ERA, including a 7.62 ERA in his final five starts, ending the regular season on a low note.
Holland last pitched on October 1, so he’ll be battling rust as well as the Rangers attempt to clinch the series.
To find out how to watch Game 4 of the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers AL Division Series live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Game time is scheduled for 3:07 p.m. Central Time on Monday, October 12, at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. That’s 4:07 p.m. Eastern Time, 1:07 p.m. Pacific.
The Blue Jays will look to knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner when he was still a New York Met, to baffle the Rangers bats and get the series back to Toronto. A 13-year veteran now pitching for his fifth different team, Dickey has never appeared in a postseason game.
But he may have the advantage of unfamiliarity against the Rangers, who did not face Dickey and his unpredictable knuckleball this year. In 2014, Dickey pitched twice against Texas, losing both games. In their last encounter, on July 18, 2014, the Rangers reached the knuckleballer for five runs on six hits over seven innings.
At 40, Dickey becomes the oldest starting pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to make his first postseason start. But Dickey also has an emotional history with the Texas organization, who drafted him in the first round of the 1996 draft, only to discover a congenital medical issue with his arm.
Dickey finally reached the Big Leagues in 2001 but struggled with Texas, at one point giving up six home runs in just 3 1/3 innings in one 2006 start, before Texas released him and he resurrected his career by learning and mastering the knuckleball.
Can the Toronto Blue Jays even the AL Division Series, forcing a decisive Game 5 back in their home ballpark? To find out, watch the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers American League Division Series Game 4 live online from Arlington, Texas, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on mobile devices. Fox Sports Go also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV device, allowing fans to watch the Blue Jays vs. Rangers game live online on their TV sets.
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