Dickey pitched 4.2 innings in Game 4 of the Divisional Playoffs, surrendering one run and striking out three in an 8-4 win over the Rangers. Josh Donaldson (.295, 129 Rs, 44 HRs, 130 RBIs, 6 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Young went 4.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 5-2 defeat to the Astros in Game 1 of the Divisional Playoffs. Kendrys Morales (.291, 85 Rs, 26 HRs, 116 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Toronto is a -131 favorite against Kansas City and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. For updated lines, check out BTB's MLB Baseball Odds.
The Blue Jays have recorded an overall money line of +979 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 72-37. Toronto is an impressive 5-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Blue Jays lead the MLB in home runs with 243. Toronto leads the whole AL in walks, earning an average of 3.5 per game. Toronto's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.4 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.1. The Blue Jays are the top team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.5 walks per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Kansas City has a 37-30 record and an overall money line of +1,904. The Royals have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 508 extra base hits. The Royals are an excellent base stealing team with 109 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB.
The Blue Jays have a 73-54 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Young takes the mound. Dickey (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a 64-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
Toronto has won 59% (45-31) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Kansas City has won 64% (43-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Royals managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 25-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 78-11. The Royals have a 78-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 931 this season. Kansas City ranks third with 768 runs.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 599 this season. Kansas City ranks near the bottom at 27th with 402.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 87-40, well-matched with the Royals who are 68-34 when hitting one or more homers.