Blue Jays vs. Royals ALCS Game 3 Preview and Prediction

The Toronto Blue Jays host the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 of the ALCS. The Royals hold a 2-0 lead, and the Blue Jays are in desperate need of a win. So will the Blue Jays avoid falling behind 3-0 or will the Royals take a stranglehold on the series? Here's our preview and prediction. 

Starting Lineups: 

Toronto Blue Jays

LF Ben Revere
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
1B Chris Colabello
SS Troy Tulowitzki
C Russell Martin
CF Kevin Pillar
2B Ryan Goins
SP Marcus Stroman

Kansas City Royals 

SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Kendrys Morales
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios
SP Johnny Cueto 

Key To The Game: 

Can the Blue Jays' offense get going against Johnny Cueto? The Blue Jays' bats have been silent for much of the series, plating just three runs in two games against the Royals. Kansas City trots out Cueto, who is coming off an impressive series-clincher against the Houston Astros. Cueto struggled at times with the Royals this season, but appears to have found the dominant form he had with the Cincinnati Reds. If Cueto can shut down the Blue Jays offense, the Royals should be able to get enough runs against Marcus Stroman to pick up a win. 

What They're Saying About The Blue Jays:

Win Would Be Icing On Cake For Jose Bautista

Bats Need To Return For Blue Jays

Home-field Advantage Helps Toronto's Pitchers

What They're Saying About The Royals:

Royals And Cueto Understand The Stakes

Kendrys Morales Leading KC Attack

Royals Would Love Encore Effort From Cueto

Prediction: Royals Win 4-2

Cueto shows once more why the Royals traded for him and the Royals' offense produces just enough to pick up a win. The Royals take a commanding 3-0 lead, while the Toronto offense comes up short yet again this series. 

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