Yordano Ventura (13-9, 4.25 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals square off against David Price (19-7, 2.77 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 6 of the League Championship Series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:07 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 23 and can be seen on FS1.
Ventura pitched 5.1 innings in Game 2 of the League Championship Series, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking two in a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays. Price went 6.2 innings, surrendering five runs and striking out eight in a 6-3 defeat to the Royals in Game 2 of the League Championship Series. Jose Bautista (.252, 113 Rs, 42 HRs, 122 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 Wednesday with one run and one RBI.
Toronto takes on Kansas City as a -145 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. For updated lines, check out BTB's MLB Baseball Odds.
The Royals have an overall money line of +1,904 and a record as the underdog of 37-30. The Royals are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 512. Kansas City is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 110 bases.
In the other locker room, Toronto is coming in with an overall money line of +979 and an impressive record of 72-37 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 5-1 record and a 6-4 record SU. The Blue Jays can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 244 home runs. Toronto is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.5 per game. The Blue Jays allow 4.1 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.4 runs per game during that span. When it comes to issuing walks, the Blue Jays have the fewest in the AL with only 2.5 walks allowed per game.
The Royals have a 31-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Price takes the mound. Ventura (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 73-54 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, Kansas City is 44-25, while Toronto is 46-32.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Royals have a 26-33 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 79-11. The Royals have a 79-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 940 this season. Kansas City ranks second with 783 runs.
Toronto tops the league in walks with 605 this season. Kansas City ranks near the bottom at 26th with 408.
The Royals are 69-35 when they hit at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with an 88-40 record.