ALCS Game 3 - Cueto vs Stroman

Monday, October 19 2015 @ 04:37 PM EDT

Contributed by: Magpie

Tom Thomson came paddling past
I'm pretty sure it was him
And he spoke so softly in accordance
To the growing of the dim
He said, "Bring on a brand new renaissance
'Cause I think I'm ready
I've been shaking all night long
But my hands are steady"

I guess you could say they need this one.



Revere, lf      Escobar, ss 
Donaldson, 3b Zobrist, 2b
Bautista, rf Cain, cf
Encarnacion, dh Hosmer, 1b
Colabello, 1b Morales, dh
Tulowitzki, ss Moustakis, 3b
Martin, c Perez, c
Pillar, cf Gordon, lf
Goins, 2b Rios, rf
Stroman, p Cueto, p

Johnny Cueto, as you probably know, is really tough. He went completely off his feed for a few weeks soon after coming to Kansas City (0-5, 9.57 in five starts from 21 Aug through 13 September) but he seems to be over that now (he went 2-2, 3.24 to finish the season.) He had scuffled in the post-season (0-2, 5.52 in his first four career post-season starts), but he was outstanding in the decisive game against the Astros on Wednesday.

Neither team has seen much of the opposing pitcher. Four of the Royals; starters (Cain, Moustakis, Perez, and Rios) have never faced Stroman, and none of the Royals have more than 5 ABs against him. Morales is 2-3 with a 2b, Zobrist is 2-5. Some of the Jays former National Leaguers have seen Cueto a few times. They haven't enjoyed it much.  Russell Martin is 1-17 against Cueto- at least the hit was a 2b, and he has drawn 6 walks; Tulowitzki is 3-16, with a homer. On the other hand, Edwin Encarnacion has 7 ABs against Cueto, but he has 4 hits including a 2b and a HR.

John Hirschbeck will be the home plate umpire. There was a time when Hirschbeck was notorious for calling a strike zone that was considerably larger than the one described in the rule book - in particular, he was noted for expanding the width of the plate by a couple of inches on each side. He did it because he liked it that way. It's hard to believe he'd still be carrying on that way in the age of Questec, but I imagine we'll find out pretty soon.

That's Devon White throwing out the first pitch. There's a fellow who once did something very memorable in a Game Three.

The Jays have made a roster move. It's got nothing to do with the post-season, but they've claimed the ambidexterous pitcher Pat Venditte off waivers from Oakland. Darwin Barney has been DFA'd to make room on the 40 man roster.

Today is Jose Bautista's 35th birthday, and it would be nice if he had something to celebrate.