The Kansas City Royals storm into Toronto on Sunday, and fans can watch live online as they try to bury the Blue Jays in a 3-0 hole by winning game 3 in the American League Championship Series. A win will put them in prime position to return to the World Series for the second straight year — after missing the playoffs every years since 1985 when they won their first and only World Series title.
But the Blue Jays have experience when it comes to falling behind 2-0 in playoff series, after they won three straight to take the best-of-five AL Division Series over the Texas Rangers — after losing the first two games at home, where they went a dominating 53-21 in the regular season.
"We've been in the same situation before," Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista said on Sunday. "We have a little bit of experience being down 0-2. It's not the most comfortable place to be, but we're still confident."
This time, the Blue Jays have the extra leeway of a best-of-seven series and find themselves returning home with three straight games in Toronto to pull themselves back into the series and set the stage for their first return to the World Series since 1993, when they won their second straight championship.
But the Blue Jays have not made a playoff appearance since that World Series 22 years ago — until this year.
To preserve their chances in the 2015 ALCS, Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons turns again to 24-year-old Marcus Stroman, the winner in the bizarre game 5 of the AL Division Series, when Stroman battled through six innings, giving up two runs on six hits.
The five-foot, eight-inch righty out of Duke University will be making only his seventh start of the year after missing most of the season with a torn ACL suffered in Spring Training, an injury that doctors told him would keep him on the bench all season long.
But Stroman came back to post a 1.67 ERA in four regular season starts and now has a 1-1 record in the postseason.
In baseball history, 32 best-of-seven series' have started with one team winning the first three games. Only one time did the team down 0-3 come back to win the series. That was the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who fell behind 0-3 to the New York Yankees in the ALCS, but then won the next eight games to beat the Yankees and then the St. Louis Cardinals in the subsequent World Series.
To find out how to watch the Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays ALCS game 3 live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Game time is set for 8:07 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, October 19, 5:07 p.m. Pacific Time.
As they try to build a commanding 3-0 lead in the ALCS, the Royals turn to their top trade deadline acquisition, former Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto. The 29-year-old out of the Dominican Republic cost the Royals three top prospects, including lefty pitcher Brandon Finnegan who was rated as the number three prospect in the Royals system.
Cueto was a disappointment in the regular season, with a 4-7 record and 4.76 ERA in 13 starts — and he becomes a free agent once the season is over. But Kansas City finally justified the deal in game 5 of the AL Division Series against the Houston Astros, throwing eight, two-run, two-hit innings in the 7-2 victory that sent the Royals to the ALCS.
Can the Toronto Blue Jays pull themselves back into the best-of-seven ALCS? Or will the Kansas City Royals take a seemingly insurmountable lead on their way World Series appearance? To find out, watch the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals American League Championship Series game 3 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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