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Blue Jays fight one back

Toronto needed one, and they got it.

After dropping Games 1 and 2 to the Royals in Kansas City, the Blue Jays absolutely had to have Game 3 in order to save their season.
Going down 3-0 would not have boded well for their chances.
Early in the game, it looked like Kansas City was going to continue their hot streak - they scored in the top of the first to make it 1-0.
However, the Blue Jays jumped on Johnny Cueto, scoring 3 runs in the second and putting up a six spot in the 3rd.
Cueto has been all over the place recently. After being traded from the Reds to the Royals at the deadline in the summer, when he was one of the best pitchers in the league, the long-haired monster has struggled mightily since coming to Kansas City.
He had a few good starts in earlier in the playoffs, but was rocked in Monday's game, putting up a line of 2.0 innings pitched, walking 4 and allowing 6 hits and 8 runs.

Das not good.

Blue Jays starter Marcus Strohman wasn't great - he allowed 11 hits over 6.1 innings - but he limited the damage to 4 runs allowed, which was enough on a night that the Blue Jays really had the bats going.
So now the series is 2-1, still in favor of the Royals, with two more games in Toronto before the series heads back to Kansas City for Game 6 and Game 7.
It's getting tighter, and tonight's game will go a long way to either watching Kansas City start to wrap things up or seeing Toronto level the thing at 2.
Tonight, it's knuckeballer R.A. Dickey for Toronto vs. Chris Young for the Royals. I'm happy to see Dickey, an ex-Met, get a really key start in the playoffs. I'm rooting for the Royals in this series, but think Toronto gets the win tonight behind the veteran starter.

What do you think? Will KC take a 3-1 lead tonight or can Toronto continue to fight?

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I agree that KC came into the series as underdogs but it looks like they have the upper hand for now
I would say KC has it in them. The way they can make a come back is shocking. However, Blue Jays have bats and pitchers that are determined. I'm one who goes for the underdog at this point, so I believe KC can do it. They're just going to have to go out there and take the lead at the very start.
I gotta hope Toronto puts up a fight. It just feels right to me. lol
KC is going to win the ALCS!!!!
Well....I guess that's what happens when you put a knuckle baller. You really don't know what he will do. Their performance varies so much especially during the post-season when hitters are on their top game. Tim Wakefield's post season stats were 5-7 with a 6.75 ERA.
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The Mets' silver lining from the Game 1 loss
I know, I know: you show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser. But this isn't a one-game playoff. It's a seven game series. There's lots of time for the Mets to bounce back. Last night's marathon game was so exciting. It was a great baseball game. Even though the Mets lost, I believe that they actually will benefit from the unusual length of the game and the toll that it took on the teams. Here's why. The Mets' pitching is still better. There's no doubt about it. Especially tonight, in a HUGE Game 2, the Mets enter with the advantage, as their ace Jacob deGrom is just plain better than the Royals' Johnny Cueto. deGrom is also capable of going deep into the game, as he has had a full week of rest. That could be huge on a night when both teams' bullpens will be tired from pitching basically every guy on the staff last night. Most importantly, though, the Mets' bullpen was better set up for a long game than the Royals'. Bartolo Colon wasn't great last night and eventually walked away with the loss in Game 1, but what he did do is eat innings. That's what he does best. He pitched 2.1 innings in a game that the Mets needed, and even by losing he contributed. The Royals had no true long reliever in their bullpen and were forced to use Chris Young, who they had planned to have start in Game 4. That means their whole strategy will have to be altered. So now they Mets have the advantage tonight with deGrom against Cueto. They probably have the advantage in Game 3 with Syndergaard against Yordano Ventura, though that's a really even matchup. But they definitely have the advantage in Game 4, with Steven Matz likely facing Edison Volquez on short rest. Chris Young, who also pitched three innings, will almost surely not be able to start Game 4 as planned. Steven Matz, who obviously did not pitch last night, will get to pitch against a patchwork pitching team for the Royals. It's really going to screw with their rotation, I can just smell it. Think about it: if Volquez goes on four days' rest in Game 4, he won't be able to pitch deep into the game. The Royals will have to stretch their bullpen for the entire season because of the way they used Young last night. I can't blame them - after all, it's the World Series, and you do whatever it takes to win the game that is right in front of you, rather than worrying about tomorrow - but the implications of last night's marathon undoubtedly favor the Mets, the way I see it.
Love It Or Hate It: Live Sporting Events?
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Wettquoten – Arten und Berechnungen
Wenn Sie auf ein Sportspiel zwischen den Teams A und B wetten möchten, möchten Sie zunächst wissen, wie viel Sie gewinnen würden, wenn Sie das Ergebnis richtig vorhersagen würden. Tatsächlich zeigt Ihnen der Buchmacher als Erstes die Quoten, denn sie sind genau das – Zahlen, die Ihnen sagen, wie viel Sie gewinnen, wenn Sie die Wette gewinnen. Obwohl sie alle den gleichen Betrag haben, werden Sie bei verschiedenen Sportpokes keine einheitliche Zahl finden, da jeder eine bestimmte Methode zur Angabe der Quoten anwendet. Dieser Artikel beschreibt die verschiedenen Arten von Wettquotenspezifikationen und wie Sie die jeweils zu erwartenden Gewinne berechnen. Überprüfen Sie auch: EM 2021 Wetten Es gibt drei verschiedene Arten von Quotenspezifikationen: Dezimalquoten, auch als europäische Quoten bekannt, fraktionierte Quoten, auch als britische Quoten bekannt, und amerikanische Quoten . 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I'm Ashamed of My Hometown
San Diego, get your shit together. Each year at the Padres stadium, Petco Park, the LGBT society in SD holds an event called "Out at the Park" that is meant to bring the community together for an evening of baseball. This year, Petco Park really, really screwed up. The San Diego Men's Gay Chorus was meant to sing the national anthem before the game to represent the LGBT community for this event. Their voices were never heard. The stadium let them take the field, and then as they were about to sing, a recorded female voice instead sang the anthem (which, if you've been to a Padres game, isn't something that happens - we always have live singing) The men had to walk off the field hearing people shouting profane, homophobic things at them. The Padres said it was a mistake, a technical error, a third party contractor, and that they were sorry. But that doesn't explain the other examples of mistreatment. Days prior to the game, the Padres organization told the performers that the chorus would have to pay for their tickets in order to sing. This is not something that happens, ever. If you perform the national anthem, you get to enter the park for free, DUH. Why did the Padres suddenly want this now? That would have cost the small organization thousands of dollars, and after dispute they were finally allowed in as performers. You can listen to their great voices here when they performed in 2015. It's a pity their voices weren't heard this year. Get it together Padres, you're a disappointment in baseball but don't be a disappointment to your entire community.
Do's and Don'ts of Lottery Game
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This isn't good: Mets in a hole
You blinked, and the Mets are now down 2-0 in the World Series. I knew the Royals were good, but I didn't have any idea how good. Let's be very clear: Kansas City is an extremely good baseball team, playing at the absolute top of their game. Last night, they got a complete game 1-run performance from their starter Johnny Cueto, who everyone figured to be worse than Jacob deGrom. Well, Cueto shined, while deGrom was great until the fifth inning when he unraveled completely. I'll be honest, I fully expected that the Mets would be able to win one of two in Kansas City. I figured that with Harvey and deGrom each having an advantage over their counterparts in Volquez and Cueto, the Mets' hitting would get enough done to scratch out a win. Not the case, apparently. The Royals don't give up anything for free. It's that simple. They hardly ever strike out, and Jacob deGrom - the king of strikeouts - forced a Royals' hitter to swing and miss just three times in his five innings. That's just purely shocking. The Royals fell down to two-strike counts lots of times, but they relentlessly foul off pitches and wait until the pitcher makes a mistake. When he does, KC pounces. deGrom allowed three consecutive 2-out singles in the fifth inning, in an inning that ballooned to a 5-run KC advantage. After that, there was no looking back. Is this series over? Absolutely not. But the pressure is on for the Mets, no question about it. I think today's day off really helps them - it will slow down the Royals' roll, it will allow the Mets to regroup after having it absolutely taken to them in Game 1 and Game 2. All that, plus the fact that now the series shifts to Citi Field. The Royals without a DH will become a slightly different team. In a lineup that has no real hole at home, suddenly the hitting-shy pitchers will have to bat. The Mets' pitchers, relatively speaking, are good hitters; the Royals' are not. Advantage Mets. I believe that Noah Syndergaard can right the ship on Friday night. Really, I do. But I'm nervous all the same. KC is really friggin' good.
I'm wearing my Mets hat proudly today
Am I sad? Yes. In fact, I'm heartbroken. But I'm also proud. The truth is, the Royals are the best team in baseball. And it's not close. They have all the pieces, and then some. They deserved this. I don't blame Terry Collins for leaving Matt Harvey in to start the 9th inning last night. As a matter of fact, I'm happy he did, even though it didn't work out. This was Harvey's game, Harvey's moment, and he had to have that chance to make it happen. He didn't, and I'll never forget it, but this is not Terry Collins' fault. It's not Harvey's fault, either. He pitched an absolutely masterful game. He was energetic and pumped up throughout, but he didn't let his emotions get in the way. He used them as fuel for 8 of the best innings I've seen anyone pitch, ever. He had the Royals completely on their heels throughout. It's not Murphy's fault, even though fingers will be pointed at the Mets' second baseman. He was a huge part of the reason the Mets were in the World Series in the first place. We have known for years what Murphy can do: he can get hot and make you love him, then make some bonehead plays that make you question everything. That's exactly what we saw in these playoffs. It's not Cespedes's fault. He was bad throughout the playoffs, but this is not one man's doing. I feel bad for the guy, because his performance in the playoffs is going to cost him millions and millions in potential contract money. I wish he could have stepped up more than he did - his baserunning, fielding and hitting were all detrimental to the team - but I'm still grateful for his presence on this team. My point is, this is no one's fault. Just like the Mets beat the snot out of the Cubs in the NLCS, the Royals outhustled, outsmarted and flat out outplayed the Mets in the World Series. I'm so happy for the ride these Mets gave me this season. I never expected to be still caring about baseball on November 1. Next year, the Mets will be coming for blood. I know that for a fact. This is just the beginning for this uber-talented young group. So say it with me. LET'S! GO! METS!
The Woman Who Struck Out Babe Ruth
And Lou Gehrig too. On April 2, 1931 the seventeen year-old Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back-to-back. They were arguably the deadliest hitting duo in baseball history, and she did it in only seven pitches. Which is pretty damn impressive. Less impressive is what happened afterwards. "They are too delicate. It would kill them to play ball every day." Ruth wasn't the most gracious in defeat (via), and some historians have dismissed the exhibition game as an April Fool's Prank. It's unlikely that Ruth would have been visibly upset if he struck out on purpose, nor would he have asked the umpire to inspect the ball. And a few days later, Mitchell's contract was voided on the basis that baseball was "too strenuous" for women. Yeah, beating some of the most famous players of all time sounds really strenuous. What if she broke a nail?! /sarcasm She kept playing anyway. So clearly the game wasn't TOO strenuous (she died in 1987 at the age of 74). She joined the amateur team House of David in 1933, and retired in 1937. Meanwhile, women weren't formally banned from the MLB until 1952, though unofficially they were often kept off the field. Such was the case for Eleanor Engle, who never took the field. The President of the minor leagues stated that no contract with a woman would be approved because “not in the best interest of baseball that such travesties be tolerated.” In the 1970s girls were allowed to join Little League, in the 80s women joined college baseball, and in the 1990s, Ila Borders joined the St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League. But no female player has reached the majors (yet). But the 100-year anniversary of the time a teenage girl struck out some of the toughest hitters in baseball history. Maybe it'll happen again in 2031?
Mets fans are calling for the heater
For the first two games of the series, it seemed as if the Mets outsmarted themselves. They got intimidated by the Royals' reputation for hitting fastballs, so Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom - both of whom have outstanding fastballs that are difficult for anyone to hit - went away from their fastball. deGrom and Harvey were not beaten because the Royals attacked their fastballs. They were beaten because they hardly threw their best pitch in the first place. deGrom, who usually throws something like 65% fastballs, threw only about 35% heaters in his Game 2 loss. This is the World Series. You can't be too cute. You have to rely on what got you here. For the Mets, it's in large part their starters' fastballs. So now analysts and fans alike have been calling on Noah Syndergaard, Game 3's starter for the Mets, to do one thing early and often: PUMP THE HEATER ! It's better to go down swinging, being the team that we have been all season, rather than to limp out because we got outsmarted, right? I know Syndergaard doesn't ever look like he feels pressure, but tonight there's going to be lots of it. It's as simple as this: the Mets need Syndergaard to save their season. So, with that said, it's time for Terry Collins to advise his young starter to go in with the wheels already off. Syndergaard has one of the hardest and most brutalizing fastballs in baseball. Let him use it. Often. The Royals have attacked the Mets for the first two games of the series. Let's get them back in Game 3 and attack them with a crushing fastball and some good, old-fashioned HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE! Citi Field is ready. I'm ready. Are you? @ButterflyBlu @superiorsl @Starbell808 @DonnaMelton @jokes @BEAUTYgirlARIEL @David19Flo23 @karencorchado @SamuelRodriguez @xitlalicordova1 @AndrewMaldonado @Link4TW @DannyMoses @ClaySharko @Ravenwing92 @FromBlue2U @LemissaNicole @BossDominata @MalikLawary @KyleBerke @DerekGumtow @Straightshooter @Kirooken @TravisManning