Marcus Stroman (4-0, 2.25 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays square off against Johnny Cueto (12-13, 3.46 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 of the League Championship Series at the Rogers Centre. The Royals won the last game 6-3, and Kansas City leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:07 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 19 and can be seen on FS1.
Stroman pitched 6.0 innings in Game 5 of the Divisional Playoffs, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 6-3 win over the Rangers. Josh Donaldson (.294, 128 Rs, 43 HRs, 127 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 5 Saturday with one run. Cueto went 8.0 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out eight in a 7-2 win over the Astros in Game 5 of the Divisional Playoffs. Lorenzo Cain (.304, 107 Rs, 17 HRs, 75 RBIs, 29 SBs) went 1 for 3 Saturday with one run.
Toronto is a -172 favorite against Kansas City and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight 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 are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 240. 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 503 extra base hits. The Royals are an excellent base stealing team with 109 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB.
The Royals lead the season series, 5-4. The Blue Jays have a 73-54 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Cueto takes the mound. Stroman (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
When leading after seven innings, Kansas City is 43-24, while Toronto is 45-31.
The Royals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 7-12 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 14-57. The Royals have a 16-59 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 148 this season. Toronto ranks second with 240 home runs.
Toronto and Kansas City both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Toronto sits at fourth with 9.12 hits per game and Kansas City ranks second with 9.24.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .794. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .737.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 44-53. When the Blue Jays allow one or more homers, they have a 56-52 record.