Kansas City (2-1) at Toronto (1-2)
When: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Time: 4:05 ET | TV: FOX Sports 1
The Toronto Blue Jays finally broke out of their hitting slump last night when they put up 11 hits in an 11-8 win over Kansas City in Game 3 of the ALCS. The Royals are still up 2 games to 1 in the series. After pitching so brilliantly in Game 5 of the ALDS last week, Johnny Cueto was rocked in Game 3 last night, allowing 8 runs in two-plus innings. In hindsight, the Ryan Goins at-bat in the second inning was the sign Cueto didn’t have it and the Blue Jays were back in business. With runners at second and third with two outs, Cueto jumped ahead in the count 0-2 to Goins, but simply couldn’t put him away. It ended up it being a nine-pitch at-bat that ended with a two-run single. Five consecutive batters reached base to start the third inning against Cueto. A three-run Troy Tulowitzki home run was mixed in there, blowing the game open to give the Blue Jays a 6-2 lead. Cueto faced 17 batters and retired six. The Royals actually out-hit Toronto 15-11. Alcides Escobar lead the way with 4 hits, while Kendrys Morales and Ben Zobrist each had three.
Chris Young will get his first start of the postseason when he pitches Game 4 tonight. Young pitched 4 innings of one run ball against the Astros in the ALDS and struck out seven. He last started on October 2nd in Minnesota. In his last three outings including the ALDS, Young has pitched 15.1 innings allowing just 7 hits and two runs while striking out 14. He faced the Blue Jays once this year allowing three runs in 6 innings in a 6-2 loss. Veteran R.A. Dickey will go for Toronto, getting his 2nd start of the postseason. He pitched 4.2 innings allowing one run in an ALDS start at Texas. Dickey shut out the Royals for 7 innings allowing only two hits in an August 2nd start against them.
I can not go against Toronto now that they are hitting. They failed to produce any offense in the first two games against Texas then exploded. It looks like they’re doing the same thing again. I’ll lay the -145 on Dickey and the Jays tonight.
Pick: Blue Jays -145