We've yet to determine who will face the New York Mets in the World Series. In game 6 of the ALCS, the Toronto Blue Jays send out their ace, David Price, in hopes of extending this series to a game 7.
Toronto Blue Jays at Kansas City Royals- Royals Lead 3-2: The Price is Right?
I've said this all season long and ever since being a baseball writer. Good pitching wins games. You see that the New York Mets have the best pitching staff in the Major Leagues by far and look where it's gotten them.
The best thing to have is a combination of offense and defense, but the pitching will keep a team in the game and David Price is far superior to any pitcher on the Kansas City staff.
This is a pitcher with a rubber arm that can throw in excess of 120 pitches. He was a stud with the Rays, a good pitcher with the Tigers and again, a stud with the Blue Jays. Toronto is thinking that if he can get them to a coveted game 7, their offense will take over and they will have come back from a 3-1 deficit in this series.
I don't expect the Royals, who lost 7-1 in game 5 to come out strong offensively in this game because although they have Lorenzo Cain, they don't have a player that can change the complexion of a game with one swing of the bat.
John Gibbons is a Genius
Starter, Marco Estrada, should get the credit, but it's a managerial decision to have David Price warm up in the bullpen unseen. Gibbons didn't want Marco Estrada to know that David Price was warming up as game 5 was once close and Gibbons didn't want to take a chance on the Jays being eliminated.
If Estrada were to know that Price was warming up, it could've thrown him off of his game. Luckily for Toronto, they didn't mess with the rotation as Price didn't have to pitch and get's a full start in this game.
Best Offense In Baseball
Toronto has had the best offense in baseball all season long with MLB odds on favorite to win the AL MVP, Josh Donaldson. Donaldson has went from a pretty good player in Oakland to a top-notch player in Toronto that has been coming up with clutch bombs and extra bases time and time again.
In the playoffs, Donaldson has 3 HR, 8 RBI and a .395 OBP%. His batting average has struggled a bit, but his on-base percentage hasn't as he's a feared hitter. I look for Donaldson to come up clutch in this game as he's already proven that he can do so in big games.
After Donaldson, it won't get any easier as Toronto has two 35 plus home run hitters in Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. You add in Troy Tulowitzki, who came up with a bases clearing double in game 5 that basically gave Toronto the game and this team has a decisive advantage. Along with those factors, I look for Price to hold down the Kansas City run total. Salvador Perez is beaten up as a catcher due to baseballs deflecting off his body and catcher's mask and will not go yard again. Look for a low scoring game in game 6 as it's all about David Price.