If the Blue Jays want to realize their World Series dream they better solve their sudden power outage, and fast.
Toronto has managed to scored just one run in their two losses to Cleveland in the ALCS, losing the series opener 2-0 and Game 2, 2-1.
Playing the next three games at home, where the Jays — and their fans — dig the longball, is going to help.
Toronto had a .568 winning percentage at home this season, compared to a .525 on the road.
And the Jays have scored more runs per game at home this season, an average of 4.95 at the Dome compared to 4.41 away from home.
Monday night’s pitching matchup also favours Toronto.
The Jays will start the emotional Marcus Stroman, who has come up big in the past and must be on point from the opening pitch.
Trevor Bauer gets the ball for Cleveland.
He was supposed to start Game 2, but needed stitches in the pinkie finger on his right hand.
If the Bluebirds can solve their offensive slump early and punish Bauer they should get the much needed victory in Game 3.
But if their power outage continues, and they have to deal with Cleveland reliever Andrew Miller in another tight game, it may be lights out before we know it.