Kansas City Royals fans will want to watch their team attempt to win its second straight American League Championship Series live online, while the Toronto Blue Jays need to win to stay alive — and must now win three straight games over the Royals to make their first trip to World Series since 1993. But the Blue Jays came back from a 0-2 hole to win three straight and eliminate the Texas Rangers in the AL Division Series, so it would seem that anything is possible.
Of all the teams that have fallen behind 3-1 in a seven-game Major League Baseball postseason series, only about 15 percent have recovered to win the series. The San Francisco Giants did it in 2012 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.
The Boston Red Sox have pulled off the incredible feat three times: in 1986 in the ALCS against the California Angels, in 2004 over the New York Yankees (when they actually came back from a 3-0 deficit, the only team ever to do so), and in 2007 against the Cleveland Indians.
And in an ironic twist, in 1985, the Royals fell behind 3-1 in the ALCS to none other than the Toronto Blue Jays, but reeled off three straight wins to get to the second World Series in franchise history — a series in which they would, amazingly, rebound once again from a 3-1 disadvantage to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.
But a comeback from 3-1 down has happened just 12 times in Major League Baseball history, so in the final analysis, the historical odds are not in the Blue Jays’ favor.
“There’s no doubt it’s a big challenge,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said Tuesday after his team took a 14-2 shellacking in Game 4 to drop into the 3-1 hole. “It’s a do-or-die game for us, but they do it all year. I think these guys will let this one go and they’ll show up to play.”
To find out how to watch the Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays AL Championship Series Game 5 live online, see the streaming info in the final paragraph of this article. First pitch for the afternoon game is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. Eastern Time — 1:07 Pacific — at Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, October 21.
The pitching matchup will be a rematch of Game 1, with the Royals sending 32-year-old, 11-year veteran righty Edinson Volquez to the mound, where he will be opposed by the Blue Jays Marco Estrada, who held opponents to a.203 batting average while winning 13 and losing eight with a 3.13 ERA in the 32-year-old’s first year with the Blue Jays after pitching the last five seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.
In Game 1, Volquez got the better of the confrontation, dominating Toronto over six shutout innings, allowing just two hits.
Estrada surrendered three runs over 5 1/3 innings in that game, which the Blue Jays went on to lose, 5-0. That game was played in Kansas City, so Estrada and the Blue Jays are hoping that the change of venue to their own home park will bring a reversal of fortune as well.
Can the Toronto Blue Jays win the first of what they hope will be three straight to stage a remarkable comeback and advance to the World Series for the first time since 1993? Or will the Kansas City Royals nail down their second straight AL Championship Series victory and a chance to win only the second World Series trophy in team history?
To find out, watch the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals American League Championship Series Game 5 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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