For the second consecutive season, the Toronto Blue Jays are in the American League Championship Series. They’ll face the Cleveland Indians, who have reached their first ALCS since 2007, in the best-of-7 series. It’s up to Marco Estrada and Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber to get their clubs off on the right start.
Here’s the pitching match-up.
In his second season with the Jays, Estrada earned a trip to the All-Star Game. He finished the regular season with a 9-9 record in 29 starts with a 3.48 ERA. He finished with 165 strikeouts.
Estrada was close to finishing his first career complete game in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers, but came two outs shy. He only gave up one run and four hits in that game. The Jays swept the Rangers in the ALDS after beating the Baltimore Orioles in the AL Wild Card game.
Kluber won the 2014 AL Cy Young Award and is a candidate to win again. After all, he had an 18-9 record in 2016 and 2014. His ERA was higher than his 2014 season though, finishing 2016 with a 3.14 ERA. In 32 starts, he also had 227 strikeouts.
In the ALDS, Kluber gave up just three hits in his start against the Boston Red Sox. The Indians swept the Sox. They won the AL Central and have home field advantage in the series against the Jays.
Game 1 of the ALCS starts at 8 p.m. ET at Progressive Field, and airs live on TBS in the U.S. and SNET in Canada.
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