Kansas City (2-0) at Toronto (0-2)
When: Monday, October 19th, 2015
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Time: 8:05 ET
TV: FOX Sports 1 Radio: XM 176, 89, 80
The Kansas City Royals look to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the American League Championship Series when they travel to Toronto for Game 3. Ben Zobrist’s easy fly that somehow fell in for a hit began a 5-run rally against David Price, and the Kansas City Royals rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the ALCS. Wade Davis survived a shaky ninth for Kansas City after Luke Hochevar and Danny Duffy were solid in relief of Yordano Ventura. Davis gave up a leadoff single and walked pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington, but bounced back to strike out leadoff man Ben Revere and MVP candidate Josh Donaldson. Jose Bautista then flied out to right to give Davis his third postseason save and the Royals another postseason comeback win. Kansas City has now won 9 consecutive LCS games and haven’t lost one since 1985. They’ll go for win number 10 in a row tonight when the series shifts back to the Rogers Centre.
The up-and-down Johnny Cueto will start Game 3 tonight for Kansas City. He turned in his best performance when it counted the most with 8 dominant innings in the clinching Game 5 of the ALDS. Cueto set down 19 in a row to end that outing and was charged with 2 runs on as many hits while striking out 8 without a walk. Cueto made his Royals debut at Toronto on July 31st and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and a pair of walks in 6 innings. The Blue Jays will go with their little spark plug Marcus Stroman. He started the decisive game of the ALDS as well and left without factoring in the decision after allowing 2 runs and 6 hits in 6 innings to the Rangers. Stroman has made only six starts since returning from knee surgery but has yet to suffer a loss in 2015. Stroman faced Kansas City only once previously in his career and cruised through 6 innings while surrendering 1 run to earn the victory.
The Royals are on a roll right now and Cueto looks like he’s getting his act together. Stroman will look good early, but the Royals will get to him eventually and come away with another victory.
Pick: Royals +150