Royals vs Blue Jays Preview and Free Pick – ALCS Game 5

Kansas City (3-1) at Toronto (1-3)
When: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Time: 4:05 ET | TV: FOX Sports 1

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The Kansas City Royals put a 15-hit barrage on the Toronto Blue Jays for the second game in a row, but this time they won. The Royals routed the Blue Jays 14-2 on Tuesday to take a three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Kansas City could clinch a World Series berth on Wednesday at Rogers Centre. Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Alex Rios added a solo shot in the second to give the Royals an early lead against Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey. Kansas City put the game away with a four-run seventh and added three in the eighth and two in the ninth. Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with two walks and three RBIs to extend his team-record postseason hitting streak to 13 games. Rios finished with three hits and Alcides Escobar had 4 RBI.


Edinson Volquez will try and duplicate his Game 1 performance and put the Royals in the World Series. Volquez pitched six shutout innings in Game 1 in Kansas City allowing only 2 hits and striking out 5. He did walk 4 batters and threw 111 pitches. The ten-year veteran will have his hands full on the road however as the Rogers Centre is a very hitter-friendly park. He pitched well here on August 2nd allowing two runs in six innings, but took the loss. He’ll be opposed by Game 1 starter Marco Estrada. He was knocked around for 3 runs and 6 hits in 5.1 innings and took the loss. Estrada was very good in his ALDS start against Texas allowing a run in 6.1 innings. His home ERA is a very good 2.95

It’s hard to slow down a team who have 30 hits in the last two games. Estrada is probably the Blue Jays best option in this elimination game. I think Toronto will come out swinging and keep this one close, but in the end, I think the Royals advance to the World Series.

Pick: Royals +126