ALCS Game 1 features two teams in the Royals & Blue Jays that came back from the dead to win their ALDS battles. Now, one of these teams will move onto the World Series. It's MLB Picks of the Day.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals: Pure Adrenaline
Both of these teams are playing off of pure adrenaline as there's no rest from their previous games. The Toronto Blue Jays came back from a 2-0 deficit and trailing in the 7th inning of game 1 to beat the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals came back from a 6-2 deficit in game 4 in Houston to beat the Astros, move to game 5 and eventually win the series. How much better can it get than that?
The Royals hadn't been a playoff team since the 1980's and now they make their 2nd appearance in 2 seasons. This is a team that finds ways to win just the way that they peppered the Astros defense with 6 consecutive hits to change the complexion of game 4. Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer are .300 hitters that provide decent pop, good speed, and fielding, but this is not a team with a legitimate power hitting superstar.
Pop and Speed
From a Toronto perspective, they have 3-35 home run hitters in Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and Josh Donaldson. Donaldson is an MVP candidate in the American League after an amazing improvement from the Oakland Athletics to the Blue Jays. Jose Bautista is a player that's hit 50 home runs in a season and hit the big 3 run home run in game 5 that gave the Blue Jays the lead and essentially the series. Nobody in baseball, except for Giancarlo Stanton has a more powerful bat than Edwin Encarnacion.
You add in new editions to the team such as speedster, Ben Revere, who hits .300 and can run the basepath, and Troy Tulowitzki, the pitching has to be decent at best and the Royals are going to have a tough time with a superior offense such as the Jays have.
I called the winning pick in the National League yesterday, taking the New York Mets at a +150 price on the MLB odds board and the only way that these teams will beat the Cubbies or the Mets is with their hitting.
Kansas starts veteran Edison Voluquez (13-9, 3.55). Volquez has been around the block and can be inconsistent at times. The offense must take the leading role in this spot and that could be tough, but as we've seen before, this is a team that comes up with timely hits.
The Blue Jays start Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13). Although Estrada is coming off of a strong start against Texas in which he allowed 1 run and 5 hits in 6 1/3 innings, neither of these teams are starting aces. Expect the bullpen to be involved and I think Toronto get's off to the fast start as Estrada has been the better pitcher and Toronto has by far, the more superior offense.
MLB Pick: Toronto Blue Jays -115 at 5Dimes