John Gibbons, the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, spoke with various media outlets at the Rogers Centre on Tuesday. Gibbons confirmed that Marco Estrada, who went 9-9 on the regular season, will be the starting pitcher for Toronto when they travel to Cleveland to face the Indians. "I think he was the logical choice," Gibbons said. "We could have gone with anybody and felt good. But he's been so good in that role and then we'll just shape it after him in these next couple days."

The Blue Jays finished off the Texas Rangers on Sunday evening in a game that went extra innings. In doing so Toronto advanced to its second straight American League Championship Series.

Last year the Jays lost in six games to the Kansas City Royals. This year the Blue Jays will attempt to defeat the Cleveland Indians. "A tough ball club to shut down and they're hot like us too," Gibbons said. "They ended up finishing really strong in winning the home-field advantage and then they swept Boston so they're playing really good too right now."

Game 1 of the ALCS is on Friday

Game details for Game 1 of the ALCS are as follows:

  • Friday, October 14th at 8pm ET
  • The Cleveland Indians will host the game from Progressive Field
  • The Indians were an excellent 53-28 from home during the regular season and they won two games at home against the Boston Red Sox in the divisional round
  • The Blue Jays were 46-35 as a road team over the regular season
  • TBS has the TV coverage in the USA while Sportsnet has it in Canada

The Blue Jays and Indians last met in head-to-head action back in mid-August in a series that was played from Progressive Field.

The Indians took two of three off of the Jays in what was a closely-contested series. Each game was decided by one run:

  • August 19th: Cleveland won 3-2
  • August 20th: Toronto won 6-5
  • August 21st: Cleveland won 3-2

Prior to that the two teams played a four-game series in Toronto back in late June/early July:

  • June 30th: Cleveland won 4-1
  • July 1st: Cleveland won 2-1
  • July 2nd: Toronto won 9-6
  • July 3rd: Toronto won 17-1

The Indians took the seven-game regular season series 4-3.

However, Toronto outscored Cleveland on runs for and against in all games combined. That's largely due to the 16-run victory on July 3rd, a game that saw Josh Donaldson go 4 for 4 while Russell Martin and Troy Tulowitzki combined for 9 RBIs.

Trevor Bauer a candidate to start Game 1

Cleveland have yet to announce their starting pitcher for Game 1, but I think Trevor Bauer is a good pick.

Bauer pitched five shutout innings in Toronto on Canada Day in earning an extra-inning win. Furthermore Bauer went eight strong with just two earned runs against on August 19th against the Jays from Progressive Field. That compiles to 13 innings of work against Toronto on the season with just two earned runs against.

Bauer got touched up a bit in the series against Boston. However, he will be fully rested for Friday's game and I would not be surprised if he got the start.

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