Yordano Ventura (13-9, 4.23 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals take on David Price (19-6, 2.66 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 2 of the League Championship Series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 5-0, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 17 and can be seen on FS1.
Ventura pitched 5.0 innings in Game 4 of the Divisional Playoffs, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking three in a 9-6 win over the Astros. Kendrys Morales (.289, 84 Rs, 25 HRs, 113 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. Price went 3.0 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out two in an 8-4 win over the Rangers in Game 4 of the Divisional Playoffs. Josh Donaldson (.295, 127 Rs, 43 HRs, 127 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for Kansas City and Toronto are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. For updated lines, check out BTB's MLB Baseball Odds.
The Royals are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 502. Kansas City is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 109 bases.
The Blue Jays can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking second in the league with 240 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
Kansas City earned its ninth shutout of the season in its last game. Toronto has been shut out six times this season.
The Royals managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are coming in with a 35-15 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 14-57. The Royals have a 15-59 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 148 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 240.
Kansas City and Toronto both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Kansas City sits at second with 9.24 hits per game and Toronto ranks fourth with 9.12.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Toronto has an OPS of .795 this season. Kansas City ranks eighth with an OPS of .738.
The Blue Jays are 56-52 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 44-53 when they allow at least one homer.