Royals, Mets one win away

Following Kansas City’s rout of Toronto, and after New York’s commanding win over Chicago, both the Royals and Mets are one win away from moving on to the World Series.

New York leads its series 3-0, and Kansas City has a three games to one advantage.

Kansas City handed Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey his first loss at home since June, knocking the knuckleballer out of the game in the second inning, in its 14-2 win. Meanwhile, the Mets pitching staff continued its playoff dominance as Jacob deGrom limited the Cubs to just four hits over his seven innings on the mound, and the bullpen allowed only one batter to reach base after he left the game, in New York’s 5-2 win.

Jose Bautista’s failed attempt in Game 3 on Monday to make a play on the first ball put in play, and Yoenis Cespedes scoring the game-winning run on a passed ball on strike three Tuesday, have epitomized the two series.

The tires are spinning for the Blue Jays and Cubs.

All of their momentum has been lost.

After going down two games to none against the Rangers in the ALDS, Toronto stormed back to win the next three games, and the series, in convincing fashion. Chicago dropped Game 1 of its Division Series matchup in St. Louis, but like the Blue Jays, won the next three games to take the series.

The three-game winning streaks looked as though they could continue momentum into the next series, however, that just hasn’t been the case.

Toronto’s bats are in the middle of another power outage, much like the one Jays fans saw in the first two games of the ALDS. The Blue Jays aren’t scoring runs, and the Royals grind-it-out and continuously-tack-on-runs approach at the plate has stymied the sub-par Blue Jays rotation.

And in the other series, New York’s pitching staff has continued its dominance, limiting Chicago to fewer than two runs per game, and, aside from Kyle Schwarber, has kept the Cubs’ big bats in check. And while the Cubs offense has sputtered, Cespedes and Daniel Murphy have given the Mets all the runs they’ve needed.

Chicago and Toronto’s backs are certainly against the wall, considering that we are potentially just one day away from knowing the World Series matchup.

All four teams are in action today.

Kansas City sends Edinson Volquez to the mound in a rematch of Game 1 against Toronto’s Marco Estrada. First pitch for that game is at 4:07 p.m.

New York is relying on Steven Matz to keep the Chicago bats at bay long enough to get to the bullpen and advance.

First pitch is scheduled for just after 8 p.m.

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