The ALCS returns to Toronto just in time for Canada's election day. That's a true story. Do you think it affected turnout any? At least in America, people opt not to vote for all kinds of reasons, and I would hate to give short shrift to our northern neighbors by failing to credit them with the potential to also not vote due to some reason like there being a baseball game in Toronto at 8 o'clock at night. Perhaps the ladies pictured above voted by absentee ballot.
Election results programming might suffer, though, if the game is close, or if the Blue Jays are rocking the house. They kind of need to rock the house if they want to do much to prolong the series. Many of you would rather see the Royals win this series than the Jays, but I submit that you ought to hope that the Jays win the game tonight. You might recall that the Fox broadcast crew had a trivia question in the first game of this series in which they asked which team holds the record for most consecutive ALCS games won.
At this moment, that is the Orioles, who won ten consecutive ALCS games covering sweeps in 1969, 1970, 1971, and a Game 1 victory in 1973. Back then, the LCS round was only a best of five series. However, if the Royals go on to sweep this series, they will tie that record tonight and break it tomorrow. Certainly no one here should want them to break it and I'd much rather not have to share that spotlight with them either.
So that's where things stand right now. Whether the Jays will oblige us with at least one victory, well, we will have to wait and see about that. I wouldn't exactly say I'm cheering for them, but I'm not cheering against them either - at least not for tonight.
|KANSAS CITY ROYALS||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|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|
|Johnny Cueto - RHP||Marcus Stroman - RHP|