The Toronto Blue Jays have been on the brink of elimination before and they get one more game at home, but after a 14-2 beating at the hands of the Kansas City Royals, winning this series looks like the impossible task. We're going to look at the betting total and while the scoring has been especiallly high the last two games, the best offense in baseball in Toronto would like to see a lower scoring affair in game 5 of the American League Championship Series.
Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays- Royals Lead 3-1
The Kansas City Royals appear to be a team on a mission. They scored almost as many runs in the last games as baseballs to the face mask that catcher, Salvador Perez had to endure Before anything, I have to say, I've never seen a catcher be brutalized like that before and he kept fighting the good fight.
As for the Jays, Dickey got the quick hook and with the exception of Josh Donaldson, they didn't put up a good fight and didn't look like the team with the best offense in baseball as Chris Young embarrassed them.
We move to game 5 and we get an Edison Volquez vs. Marco Estrada matchup. These teams have average pitching rotations and you want to take the over every time, but Volquez proved in his last outing that he wants a ticket to the World Series.
In 6 innings, Volquez gave up just 2 hits in a 5-0 victory over Toronto. I realize that the Blue Jays fans will be going crazy. The only way that they'll get to see their team play again is if the Jays run off 3 wins in a row. This has been done plenty of times, but after looking at Toronto's lifeless offense, I'm not expecting it. Volquez isn't going to pitched a ton of innings as both of these managers are trigger happy for the bullpen.
Not the Same Players
I really don't have too much to say about Kansas City because everyone in their lineup such as Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Esobar, Salvador Perez, Kendrys Morales, and Eric Hosmer have worked as a team unit and have been playing well offensively. What bothers me is a couple of Blue Jays that came to this team to help and are doing the exact opposite.
Revere and Tulo
I expected Troy Tulowitzki to have trouble in this series. After all, this isn't Coors Field and Coors Field makes players look better than they actually are. I'm not saying that Tulowitzki has no talent, but he is much overrated. I'm disappointed in the play of Ben Revere.All that can be said is Revere looks scared and out of his element. This is a .300 hitter that worked his way to the top of the Blue Jays lineup and was a key figure in them getting to this point.
Once Revere is on base, which is rare, he's fine, but he looks like a scared puppy at the plate. Revere is looking to bunt his way on because he sure hasn't connected solidly for this entire series. This was the best player in the Phillies lineup and he's proving that he's far from clutch in the big game. Toronto must have Ben Revere get on base to set the tone if we're to reach a game 6 in this series.
The betting total was 9 just as it was yesterday and in this series, any game can go over, but I must stay with my gut and that is the under. Toronto has been ineffective at the plate and Kansas City has been playing above their heads.
Pick- Toronto/Kansas City Under 9 +100 at 5 Dimes