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Can Price Exorcise Postseason Demons?

Blue Jays David Price

The Toronto Blue Jays seem to have taken a page out of the Kansas City Royals’ playbook and have refused to go down without a fight in their American League Championship Series matchup with Game 6 scheduled for Friday night in K.C. The Jays, who were in a big 3-1 hole after getting hammered 14-2 in Game 4, took Game 5 by a score of 7-1 thanks to a fantastic start by Marco Estrada.

Shark Bites
  • Price has allowed 13 runs this postseason, the same number from his last 7 regular season starts.
  • Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas has struggled so far, going 5-for-35 in the playoffs.
  • The Jays are 1-4 in their last 5 games at Kauffman Stadium.

It’s all on ace lefty David Price's shoulders to force a Game 7, and you’ll have to excuse Bluebirds bettors if they feel a bit worried about that notion. Price has inexplicably never pitched well in the postseason, owning an ugly 0-7 career mark as a starter.

The 30-year-old has allowed 10 runs in 13 2/3 innings in his two starts so far in the 2015 playoffs. Countering on the bump for the Royals will be Yordano Ventura, owner of a 0-1 record with a 6.57 ERA this postseason.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Kansas City Royals as 135 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 5.3-5.1 win for the Royals. 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 (101-71) will face the 98-74 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

Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City Royals No. 5 ranked offense (4.55 runs per game) against a Toronto Blue Jays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 14 at 4.2 runs allowed per game. The Kansas City Royals have been averaging 9.23 hits per game, more than the Toronto Blue Jays have managed so far this season (9.06 hits on average).

Toronto brings the No. 14-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Royals's No. 11-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games
  • Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 10 games on the road
  • Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
  • Kansas City is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games
  • Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Kansas City, Saturday, October 24th

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