BASEBALL -- As the Blue Jays enter game three in the American League Championship Series, they don't sit in the most ideal situation after losing once again to the Cleveland Indians 2-1.
M.V.P Josh Donaldson told reporters that after facing the Indians two days in a row, the Jays are hopeful they will figure out their strategy and will approach game three from a different angle.
However, Toronto is not worried. "We've been in worse situations before. We know how to come back," says first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.
Encarnacion could not be more accurate; Toronto has proven in the past that 0-2 deficits are a walk in the park.
"The same thing happened last year," said manager John Gibbons. "We fell down the first two games on the road, and came back and forced it back to Kansas City. Won a couple of big games at home."
Last year Toronto added their name to the short list of teams that have ever succeeded in overcoming an 0-2 deficit after being defeated in the first two games at home: the 2001 Yankees (against Oakland), the 2012 Giants (against Cincinnati) and now the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays (against Texas).
Based on last couple of weeks, it's likely that the Jays will be adding their name to MLB history once again. In the past, MLB teams that have faced a 0-2 deficit in a best of seven series have won game three 55.3% of the time. With the experience the Jays have in overcoming tough situations, these odds are in Toronto's favour.
This year, luck has definitely been on Toronto's side and will hopefully carry through to their series against Cleveland.
Toronto's pitcher for game three will be Marcus Stroman who had success against Cleveland the last time he faced them on August 21st.
In the first five innings, Stroman only allowed a first-inning single and two more in the second, contributing to the Jays ability to hold on to a 2-1 lead right up until the bottom of the eighth when he was replaced by Brett Cecil.
"There's no quit in us. We're going back home, that's huge for us, three games back home. We'll definitely make it interesting, I promise you that," said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
But to get there, the Jays need to start hitting.
In the first two games against Cleveland they hit .159 and had 10 hits overall.
"History shows we can hit the baseball," said catcher Russell Martin, making it clear that Toronto has no desire to stray away from tradition.