The Toronto Blue Jays can even their American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, and fans can watch live online as two former New York Mets teammates duel on the mound in the crucial Game 4 in Toronto, a game that looks to be pivotal in deciding whether the defending AL champion Royals get another shot at a World Series title, or if the only big league team in Canada returns to the Fall Classic for the first time in 22 years.
The ALCS now stands at 2-1 in favor of the Royals, after Toronto’s bats finally came alive in Game 3, as the team that led Major League Baseball with an eye-popping 5.5 runs per game found the friendly confines of Rogers Center to be just the place to at last break out with one of their trademark offensive explosions — pasting Royals pitching for 11 runs.
But the Royals — the sixth-most productive offense in the AL with 4.47 runs per game — did not go quietly, hammering out eight runs of their own, capped by a four-run rally in the top of the ninth that turned what had shaped up as a blowout into a relatively suspenseful affair, reaching Australian-born Toronto reliever Liam Hendriks for three runs and scoring another with a home run by Kendrys Morales to greet 20-year-old Mexican rookie Roberto Osuna, before Osuna recorded the final two outs to nail down the much-needed victory.
“We desperately needed that breakout,” Toronto Manager John Gibbons said in his postgame press conference.
“You look at how the game finished up, those runs really came in handy. It wasn’t an easy game, even though we had a big lead.”
To find out how to watch the Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays AL Championship Series Game 4 live online, see the streaming info in the final paragraph of this article. Start time for the crucial game is set for 4:07 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 20, at Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada — 1:07 p.m. Pacific Time.
Toronto starting pitcher R.A. Dickey and his Kansas City opponent, Chris Young, were teammates on the New York Mets in 2011 and 2012, and became good friends for a reason that remains rather unusual in Major League clubhouses — their mutual love of books.
Young, an Ivy League product out of Princeton University, and Dickey, a published author, are two of the more cerebral personalities in baseball — but Game 4 will come down to each pitcher’s ability to read opposing hitters on Tuesday.
Dickey, a 40-year-old knuckleball specialist, relied on the climate-controlled conditions inside the domes Rogers Center to make his knuckler dance, recording a 3.11 ERA and.615 opponent OPS at home, compared to 4.83 and.809 on the road, indicating that Gibbons was wise to save the righty for a home start.
Young, 36, strikes an imposing figure on the mound at 6’10”, making him one of the tallest players in baseball. He has also managed to impose himself on Blue Jays batters, allowing just a.662 combined OPS to the Blue Jays’ top 10 regular hitters.
Young has been especially effective in neutralizing Toronto MVP candidate Josh Donaldson, who has just one hit and no walks in 16 career at-bats against the lanky journeyman, pitching for the fifth team of his 11-year career.
Can the Toronto Blue Jays put together another of their trademark offensive explosions to pull even in the best-of-seven ALCS? Or will the Kansas City Royals solve the knuckleball of R.A. Dickey and jump out to a commanding 3-1 lead in the series? To find out, watch the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals American League Championship Series Game 4 live online from Toronto, Ontario, 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. Royals game live online on their TV sets.
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