Royals at Blue Jays - 10/20/15 ALCS Game Four Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (100-69) at Toronto Blue Jays (96-73)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Chris Young vs. R Dickey (11-11) (3.86)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -131 / Kansas City Royals +121 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays play game four of the ALCS Tuesday afternoon.
The Kansas City Royals look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a victory here. The Royals pitching staff really dropped the ball in their game three loss, as they gave up 11 runs and 11 hits. The Royals have now lost six of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Alcides Escobar leads Kansas City with 13 hits, while Kendrys Morales and Eric Hosmer have combined for 19 RBI. The Kansas City Royals have scored five or more runs in five straight games. Two of the Royals three postseason losses have come on the road. Chris Young gets the nod, and he’s 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and seven strikeouts this postseason.
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The Toronto Blue Jays look to tie the series up at 2-2 heading into game five Wednesday. The Blue Jays finally broke out offensively this series and have scored four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Blue Jays have won 12 of their last 15 games when scoring more than three runs. Edwin Encarnacion and Kevin Pillar have combined for 20 hits and nine RBI while Troy Tulowitzki has eight RBI. The Blue Jays pitching staff has allowed 19 runs in this series and gave up four runs alone in the ninth inning of game three. Toronto is now 2-2 on its home field this postseason. R.A. Dickey takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 1.93 ERA and three strikeouts this postseason.
The Royals are 21-8 in their last 29 Tuesday games and 4-1 in Youngs last 5 starts. The Blue Jays are 6-2 in their last 8 Tuesday games and 12-3 in Dickeys last 15 starts. The Royals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Toronto.
Now that the Blue Jays have woken up offensively, they're going to be hard to bet against in game four with a chance to tie this thing up. Also, Dickey is a frustrating pitcher who really screws the timing up for opposing hitters. In fact, the Royals managed just two hits and zero runs in seven innings in their only game against Dickey this season.
I like the Blue Jays to tie this series up.