Forty-year-old R.A. Dickey hopes to pick up the first postseason victory of his career as the Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer takes the mound against the Kansas City Royals' Chris Young in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series Tuesday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
The Jays avoided a 3-0 series hole with Monday’s 11-8 Game 3 victory, punctuated by baseball’s highest-scoring regular season lineup rocking the Royals for 15 hits, but also Toronto’s bullpen coughing up four runs in the ninth inning.
Dickey earned a no-decision despite allowing only one run in 4 2/3 innings in the Blue Jays' 8-4 victory over the Rangers in Game 4 of the AL Division Series. This will be just his second playoff start of his long career.
It’s the first time the Royals will see Dickey in the postseason and since he earned his sixth victory of the regular season against them on Aug. 2. Dickey would pitch seven innings of shutout ball in the 5-2 win, and go on a tear with five more wins over this final 11 starts of the second half.
The Royals will have a veteran of their own on the hill. Young, 36, has not pitched since Oct. 8, when he allowed just a home run to Houston Astros right-fielder George Springer in four innings of relief. The 6'10 right-hander has been excellent in limited appearances over the past two months, allowing just one run in his last two starts. In September, Young had a 2.84 ERA over 12 2/3 innings, and a 1.93 ERA over 4 2/3 innings in August.
Young, who finished the 2015 season with a 3.06 ERA in over 123 innings, lost his only start against Toronto on July 11, giving up five hits and three earned runs in six innings in a 6-2 Jays’ loss.
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