There's still one series going on in the MLB & that's the Royals vs. Blue Jays. Toronto proved that they were up for the task in game 5 and now trail 3-2 as the series goes back to K.C.
Betting Total Has Lowered
This was expected as most of the series, the total was at 9. Now, we have David Price in game 6 facing Yordano Ventura and Price's presence alone will lower the total. Ventura is very beatable with 3 appearances in the playoffs and a 5.06 ERA. Can the Kansas City bats get going again and can Toronto win in K.C. are the two questions?
Toronto has the unenviable task of winning two game on the road and they have a manager that does everything that will favor his team. If you will remember in game 5, Marco Estrada had a 1-0 lead for most of the game until Troy Tulowitzki broke open the game with a 3 run double. A one run lead isn't very secure, but the Jays didn't want Estrada's confidence to be shaken while pitching a spectacular game.
They placed David Price in the bullpen where he couldn't be seen in case Estrada imploded and Price was warming up. This was simple brilliance and I hadn't seen that done before. After all of that, Price wasn't needed as Ventura went 7 2/3 innings before allowing a home run to Salvador Perez and by that time, the game had been decided. The Blue Jays won 7-1 and come into this game as the favorites to take it to a game 7, where everything can happen.
I mentioned yesterday that Ben Revere and Troy Tulowitzki were the big disappointments and if one or both of them could get going, the complexion of this series would change. Tulowitzki had a big game and got the key hit to bust the game open as he hit a shot to the top of the left-centerfield fence that stayed in play and cleared the bases.
Although I still think that playing in Coors Field made him a better player, if he can have close to a repeat performance in game 6, Toronto stands a good chance of winning as I don't see David Price relinquishing a lead or pitching poorly. Price has had his bad moments, but he hasn't been used the way that he should be used as this is the playoffs and everything goes. If the manager needs Price to pitch 3 innings in Texas because the Blue Jays were in jeopardy of getting eliminated, that's what he had to do.
In his normal starting role, Price is a workhorse that can pitch in excess of 120 pitches and has great stuff. Ever since becoming a Blue Jay, his game has flourished and he's the ultimate competitor. I don't see this opportunity slipping through his fingers. Expect Price to shut down a very good Royals lineup with stars such as Cain and Hosmer in their own ball park. The under is the play. The only thing that concerns me is the play of Ventura, but he will get a quick hook if there's any signs of trouble,
MLB Pick: Toronto & Kansas City Under 7.5 (-123) at 5Dimes