Toronto (2-3) at Kansas City (3-2)
When: Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: FOX Sports 1
The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t want their season to end at home, so they went out and beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Wednesday to pull within one game of their best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Marco Estrada pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning, giving Toronto’s tattered bullpen a rest and leading the Blue Jays over the Royals. Troy Tulowitzki broke open the game with a 3-run double off Kelvin Herrera in the sixth, giving him 7 RBI in the series. Estrada faced the minimum 20 batters before Lorenzo Cain walked with two outs in the sixth. Closer Roberto Osuna was perfect in the ninth. Toronto forced the series back to Kansas City, where Yordano Ventura will start for the defending AL champions on Friday against David Price.
Price has allowed 10 runs in 13.2 innings in his two starts this postseason, dropping him to 0-7 in his seven career playoff starts. It looked like he was on his way to a win in Game 2 with 6 scoreless innings before a misplay in right field opened the floodgates to a 5-run inning and an eventual 6-3 loss. Price has allowed a total of 13 earned runs in the postseason, matching the total from his final seven regular season outings. Ventura is still looking for his first win this postseason and allowed 3 runs and 8 hits in 5.1 innings while going up against Price in Game 2. The 24-year-old does have 16 strikeouts in 12.1 innings over three appearances this postseason to go along with 6 walks. Ventura surrendered a total of one run and six hits over 14 innings in his final two regular season starts. The Blue Jays have now scored 8 runs in 12+ innings this year facing Ventura.
I can’t seem to figure this series out game to game, but I do know that these pitchers are struggling. I took the over in Game 2 when these pitchers met, and I’ll do the same tonight.
Pick: Over 7.5 +100