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Playoff Gameday Thread #15: Another slugfest in Toronto?

Another double-day of Championship Series action gets under way imminently, across the border.

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1:07 pm FS1. Game 4: Royals lead 2-1.
Chris Young
LHP, 11-6, 3.06
R.A. Dickey
RHP,  11-11, 3.91
Alcides Escobar - SS Ben Revere - LF
Ben Zobrist - 2B Josh Donaldson - 3B
Lorenzo Cain - CF Jose Bautista - RF
Eric Hosmer - 1B Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Kendrys Morales - DH Chris Colabello - 1B
Mike Moustakas - 3B Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Salvador Perez - C Russell Martin - C
Alex Gordon - LF Kevin Pillar - CF
Alex Rios - RF Ryan Goins - 2B

Well, the Blue Jays offense certainly showed up last night, having been missing presumed absent over the first two games. Oddly, they were actually outhit by the Royals, 15-11, but the Blue Jays released some bombs, and also did a better job of clumping their hits together, particularly in a six-run third inning, where Johnny Cueto was chased without retiring any of the five batters faced. If veteran knuckler Dickey can flummox the opposition, and Toronto's hitters continue their resurrection, we could end the day all square, with the Blue Jays once again having come back from two behind to square the series.

5:07pm, TBS. Game 3: Mets lead 2-0.
Jacob deGrom
RHP, 14-8, 2.54
Kyle Hendricks
RHP, 8-7, 3.95
Curtis Granderson - RF Dexter Fowler - CF
David Wright - 3B Kyle Schwarber - LF
Daniel Murphy - 2B Kris Bryant - 3B
Yoenis Cespedes - CF Anthony Rizzo - 1B
Lucas Duda - 1B Starlin Castro - 2B
Travis d'Arnaud - C Jorge Soler - RF
Michael Conforto - LF Miguel Montero - C
Wilmer Flores - SS Kyle Hendricks - RHP
Jacob deGrom - RHP Javier Baez - SS

The Cubs are on the ropes, and much as with the Blue Jays yesterday, this contest is looking like it's one they cannot afford to lose. Looking at the pitching match-up here does initially appear exactly to provide much encouragement. Kendricks was great in 2014, but his ERA went up by almost a run and a half in his sophomore season. However, his FIP over the two campaigns was almost identical, and it's likely the true level of his talent is likely better than the 99 ERA+ he posted. That said.. .It still seems likely that deGrom has the edge: over his last four starts, three on the road, he has allowed three runs over 23 innings, with a K:BB ratio of 36:6.