Blue Jays vs. Royals: ALCS Game 2 Preview & Prediction

The Kansas City Royals opened up the 2015 American League Championship Series with a dominant 5-0 Game 1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Can they hold serve at home with a Game 2 triumph? Will Toronto tie things up heading back to Canada? Here's our Blue Jays vs. Royals: ALCS Game 2 Preview & 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 David Price

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 Yordano Ventura

Key To The Game:

The Toronto Blue Jays' offense went down the tubes in Game 1, unable to solve Edinson Volquez's secondary pitches. Yordano Ventura has been vulnerable to early inning fireworks recently, so the key here is for the middle of the Blue Jays' lineup to set the tone within the first 5 innings. Toronto can't afford letting Kansas City shorten the game again with a lead, turning things over to their superior bullpen.

What They're Saying About Toronto

Edwin Encarnacion "good to go" despite injury

Toronto hoping to trigger offense behind David Price

What They're Saying About Kansas City

Ventura looks to extend Royals' pitching prowess

KC got what they needed from Edinson Volquez

Prediction: Blue Jays win 5-3

There's too much firepower in this Toronto lineup to be held down for too long. Ventura gets a little wild in the early innings and the Blue Jays take advantage to send the series back home at a game apiece.

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