Despite not having home-field advantage, the Toronto Blue Jays are favoured to defeat the Kansas City Royals and advance to the World Series.
The Blue Jays ALCS betting odds are listed at -144 at Pinnacle Sports, meaning you’d have to risk $144 to win $100 on Toronto beating Kansas City.
The Royals pay +128, meaning you’d win $128 on a $100 wager on the Royals.
The Jays looked like a team of destiny in coming back from a 2-0 series deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 in the ALDS. We all had our heads in our hands after Russell Martin’s throw back to Aaron Sanchez hit Shin-Soo Choo’s bat and allowed Rougned Odor to score. But the Rangers gave it all back and more in the bottom of the seventh, committing three — THREE — errors before Jose Bautista slammed Toronto into the ALCS with that three-run bomb.
Kansas City enters this series with momentum as well, however. The Royals were dead and buried in Game 4 on the road against Houston, trailing 6-2 in the eighth inning before exploding for a 9-6 victory. KC then overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win Game 5 Wednesday night, 7-2.
Toronto won the season series against KC, 4-3, and took three of four from the Royals in a memorable weekend series in August. That’s when the benches cleared after Josh Donaldson got buzzed a couple of times inside and Sanchez drilled Alcides Escobar.
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— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) August 2, 2015
Blue Jays ALCS Betting Pick
There’s no love lost between these teams, and we expect a tough, hard-nosed, long series.
The Jays need David Price to return to his regular-season form. Fortunately, he’s got good numbers against the Royals of late, owning a 2.93 ERA in two appearances versus KC over the last three years.
By contrast, Volquez, the Royals’ Game 1 starter, has allowed 10 earned runs in as many innings in his last two appearances versus the Jays.
KC’s also been mediocre over the past couple of months, while Toronto was playing nearly .700 ball.
As long as the Jays can get a split in the first two games in KC, we see them winning two of three at the Rogers Centre and having two chances to eliminate the Royals in Game 6 or 7.
And we bet they do it. We like the Jays in 6. (Which, by the way, is a bet you can probably make at sportsbooks like Sports Interaction or Bodog, picking how many games a series will last in addition to who will win.)