The American League’s number one seed, the Texas Rangers are playing for their postseason lives. And their hopes rest on the shoulders of 37-year-old right-hander Colby Lewis. Lewis will take the mound at the Rogers Centre on Sunday night with his team down in their series against the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-0.
Toronto went into Arlington and took the first two games of the American League Divisional Series (ALDS) with ease. Toronto was able to get to the Rangers two aces, Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish, early in their respective games. As a result, the Jays controlled both games and never let go. As a result, they emerged from the road needing only a single victory on their home turf.
They will send their 15 game winner, the 24-year-old Aaron Sanchez to the bump in this potential clincher. Sanchez pitched to a 3.00 ERA this season with a 1.17 WHIP and 7.55 strikeouts per nine. In a season where the Blue Jays entered the season with many questions in their starting rotation, Sanchez was one of the several nice surprises. He now pitches in the most important game in his life, with minimal pressure. A loss would not kill the Jays, as they would get to host a potential game four on Monday afternoon, where Wild Card game starter Marcus Stroman would get the ball was part of the Blue Jay’s success thus far in this series. After the big hit in game one, which was three run bases clearing triple, Tulo went 2-4 with a home run in game two. When Tulo is swinging a hot bat, the loaded Toronto lineup is even more dangerous.
The Rangers bats, on the other hand, are going to need to wake up and do so fast. All of their runs have come late in the game during games one and two. And they simply have not looked like they be ready for a fist fight with the Jays that requires several big strikes. Game three could be the end of their season if they do not wake up Sunday night. But if they can manage to pull one out against Sanchez, they will move onto game four, and be one step closer to getting the series back to Texas for a defining game five. If they do pull this one out, their starter for game four is still up in the air. It is one game at a time for Texas and their fans at this point.
If Toronto clinches it in this one, they will head to the American League Championship Series to take on either the Cleveland Indians or the Boston Red Sox. The Indians are in a similar clinching situation on Sunday, as they play at 4:00 EST in Fenway Park.
Here is where you can watch the game live Sunday evening for the Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays in game 3 of the ALDS.
Date: Sunday, October 9
Start Time: 7:30 p.m. (EST)
TV Channel: TBS | TSN (Canada)
Live Stream: Stream 1