In a rematch of the 1985 ALCS, the American League’s two best teams, the Blue Jays and Royals, start a seven game series tonight in Kansas City. The two teams played each other tight this season with the Jays winning the season series 4-3. The 1985 series was the only time the teams have met in the playoffs, with the Royals taking the series in seven games after coming back from a one game to three deficit.
- Toronto is 4-2 in their last six games vs Kansas City.
- Kansas City is 5-2 in their last seven home games vs Toronto.
- In 50 combined at bats vs Estrada, The Royals have 0 home runs.
Edinson Volquez will take the mound for the Royals and he’ll hope for a better performance than his Game 3 loss vs the Astros in the ALDS. He lasted 5.2 innings and allowed three runs. He faced the Jays twice this season, with the Royals going 1-1 in those games. In his 11.1 innings against the Jays this season, he allowed three runs and had the same amount of walks as he did strikeouts, six.
Toronto will counter with Marco Estrada, the Game 3 winner in the ALDS vs the Rangers. Estrada was efficient in the game, allowing only one run off five hits in 6.1 innings pitched. Estrada was 1-1 vs the Royals this season, but had a tough outing in an early July game in Kansas City. He only allowed two runs, but the Royals were able to connect for nine hits while only striking out twice.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those going with the Kansas City Royals in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline underdogs of 130 at BetOnline for Friday’s contest. The betting total was hovering near 7.5 at Bodog.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.9-4.9 result in favor of the Blue Jays. 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
The Kansas City Royals sport a record of 98-69 heading into this matchup, while the Toronto Blue Jays sit at 96-71 on the season 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.
On offense, it’s a battle between the Kansas City Royals and its No. 6-rated batting order, averaging 4.49 runs per nine innings, against the No. 1 line up of the Toronto Blue Jays at 5.49 runs per outing.
Defensively, Toronto features the No. 22-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.61 runs per game. Kansas City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 at home, scoring 4.64 runs per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Toronto rolled to a 6-3 win against Texas on Wednesday, as M Stroman and the Blue Jays’ bats led the team to victory at Rogers Centre.
The Royals grabbed a win last time out, defeating C McHugh and the Astros 7-2 on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto’s last 11 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto’s last 8 games on the road
- Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
- Toronto is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
- Kansas City is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
- Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
- Kansas City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Toronto
Next Betting Matchups
Toronto at Kansas City, Saturday, October 17th