If the Blue Jays can do it …
- Last night, Toronto beat Kansas City in a good old fashioned pitchers’ duel, with a final score of 11 to 8. Typical playoff baseball. The win brought the series to 2-1 Royals, which no longer seems like an insurmountable deficit. See how quickly that can turn? Sometimes you just have to win one game.
- After a great outing against the Astros that had folks saying Johnny Cueto was back, the righty allowed eight earned runs on four walks and six hits in just two innings of work last night. That’s the first time that volume of runs has been given up in that short of a time in postseason history (which, like, obviously, because usually you get yanked long before that). There were already so many questions and conflicting inputs about Cueto heading into his free agency – he’s relatively young and successful, but he’s been inconsistent; he’s logged lots of innings, but there have always been arm questions; he’s not attached to draft pick compensation, but how much money is going to want? – and nothing that happens in the postseason from here on out will stop that.
- Marcus Stroman didn’t have a great outing either, but maybe he was just pitching to the score (*ducks*).
- The teams play again today at 3pm CT, with R.A. Dickey going for the Blue Jays and Chris Young going for the Royals. Speaking of Dickey, thanks a lot Blue Jays: their trade a couple years ago with the Mets netted New York a couple guys who’ve really hurt the Cubs this postseason in Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud.
- How about a surprise Jays/Cubs World Series, eh?