ALDS GAME 3: KANSAS CITY ROYALS AT HOUSTON ASTROS
Series: Tied at 1-1
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston
Gametime: 4:07 p.m.
TV: MLB Network
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Sunny, 90 degrees, wind 4 mph
Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA) / HOU LHP Dallas Keuchel (20-8, 2.48 ERA)
The Royals were able to get even in Game 2 at home in Kansas City, as the Astros blew a chance to put a stranglehold on this series. Houston, though, has to like their chances in Game 3 with the series shifting to their home ballpark and with ace Dallas Keuchel on the mound.
Keuchel was strong in the team's wild card win over the Yankees when he tossed six shutout innings. The lefty faced the Royals twice during the regular season with some very mixed results. In his first outing against Kansas City he threw eight shutout frames. But in his second meeting with the Royals he got rocked for five runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Veteran Edinson Volquez will start for Kansas City in his third playoff game. His two previous postseason starts, by the way, were disasters. He has allowed nine earned runs in only 6 2/3 innings in his playoff career.
ALDS GAME 3: TORONTO BLUE JAYS AT TEXAS RANGERS
Series: Rangers lead 2-0
Where: Globe Life Park, Arlington
Gametime: 8:07 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 87 degrees, wind 10 mph
Starting pitchers: RHP Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13 ERA) / TEX LHP Martin Perez (3-6, 4.46 ERA)
The Blue Jays squandered some good chances in Game 2 on Friday and now are in serious danger of elimination with the series shifting to Texas. Their season hangs in the balance as right-hander Marco Estrada gets the start hoping to carry over the best year of his eight-year MLB career.
Estrada has one outing against the Rangers this season to pull from, and it was a good one. He allowed only one run across six innings on Aug. 27 at Globe Life Park. Estrada made four postseason appearances with the Brewers back in 2011, so he does have some experience on the big stage.
Pitching for the Rangers will be lefty Martin Perez, who has never appeared in the playoffs. He has also never faced the Blue Jays before.