The last time the Toronto Blue Jays lost a Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, Jeff Russell was the winning pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and Dennis Eckersley earned the save. The Blue Jays went on to take that 1992 ALCS in six games and go on to beat the Atlanta Braves to win Canada's first World Series.
This, then, is the task for the Blue Jays: Come back from trailing 0-1 to the Kansas City Royals, who last year swept the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS to win the American League pennant. The Blue Jays will have the services of Edwin Encarnacion, who received a cortisone shot to mask the pain from a ligament sprain in the middle finger on his left hand.
Yordano Ventura makes his third start of this postseason, he has yet to reach the sixth inning in either of his starts. Opposing Ventura for Toronto is David Price, who sits on an MLB record six losses in his first six career postseason starts even though three of those starts were quality starts.
First pitch will be a little bit after 1 o'clock Pacific Time on Fox Sports 1.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||KANSAS CITY ROYALS|
|Ben Revere - LF||Alcides Escobar - SS|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||Ben Zobrist - 2B|
|Jose Bautista - RF||Lorenzo Cain - CF|
|Edwin Encarnacion - DH||Eric Hosmer - 1B|
|Chris Colabello - 1B||Kendrys Morales - DH|
|Troy Tulowitzki - SS||Mike Moustakas - 3B|
|Russell Martin - C||Salvador Perez - C|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Alex Gordon - LF|
|Ryan Goins - 2B||Alex Rios - RF|
|David Price - LHP||Yordano Ventura - RHP|