The Toronto Blue Jays salvaged their season last night with an offensive blockbuster at home in the Rogers Centre. And though the Kansas City Royals made it a close game at at the end, when the final out was recorded the Jays had recovered to trail 2-1 in the American League Championship Series. The win puts Canada's team right back in the hunt for the 2015 World Series.
Though the Royals are still favored to win the ALCS, last night's result created what is essentially a three-way tie for a World Series victory between the Jays, Royals and New York Mets. Speaking of the Metropolitans, the Royals loss led KC to surrender the top spot in the hunt for the Commissioner's Trophy, leaving the Mets on top, if only marginally. Opening at home today down 2-0, the Chicago Cubs remain the odd team out.
With their game-three win, the Blue Jays increased their chances to advance to the World Series to 43%. The Jays will be the favorites to advance should they force a seventh game in Kansas City. The Royals' best chance is to make sure that doesn't happen by winning in six.
The Cubs remain slim 3:1 underdogs to reach the World Series, while the Mets enjoy a 39% chance of finishing off their rivals before they leave Chicago and an 18% chance of completing their first ever four-game sweep.
With all four postseason contenders in action today, stay tuned to see how the results of today's contests change the playoff picture.