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Can Price Put Playoff Demons to Rest?

The Toronto Blue Jays hope that their regular season ace can help even out the American League Championship Series with the Kansas City Royals Saturday. David Price will take to the mound in hopes of ending his postseason woes where the pitcher has posted an ugly 0-6 record with a 5.23 ERA as a starter.

Shark Bites
  • Royals OF Alex Rios is 12-for-30 with two home runs against Price in his career.
  • Blue Jays SP David Price has a .193 ERA against the Royals the past two seaosns.
  • Royals SP Yordano Ventura has the highest playoff ERA of any remaining postseason pitcher (7.71).

The Blue Jays, who are known for their big bats and longball, started their second consecutive series off slow and were shut out in Game 2 Friday. Luckily for the Jays, teams that drop the first game of the ALCS are still very much alive, as teams who win the first game only have a slight advantage in the past 10 ALCS', winning six of ten.

Over the past two games, the Royals pitching has been unhittable. The team has now gone 16 innings without allowing a single run to plate, which is the record for the Royals franchise.  Ventura has been great at keeping the ball in the park with opponents hitting just four home runs in his past 12 starts. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the MLB moneyline for this betting odds matchup, Kansas City sat as -105 earlier in the day at Bovada. The over/under total was set at 8, according to MyBookie.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 5.6-5 win for the Blue Jays on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Kansas City Royals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Kansas City (99-69) will face the 96-72 Blue Jays in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs Toronto injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Kansas City Royals rated this week at No. 19 and the Toronto Blue Jays sitting at No. 3.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Toronto Blue Jays rank No. 7 at 9.07 hits per game. That compares with the Kansas City Royals No. 4 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, Toronto owns the No. 22-rated road mark, allowing 4.62 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Toronto didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by E Volquez in a losing cause, 5-0, against Kansas City on Friday.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto's last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 9 games on the road
  • Toronto is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
  • Kansas City is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 9 games
  • Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Kansas City is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Toronto

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto home to Kansas City, Monday, October 19th

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