Blue Jays vs. Royals ALCS Game 5 Preview And Prediction

The Kansas City Royals are one game away from a World Series appearance thanks to a 14-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the ALCS. The Blue Jays are now on the brink of elimination and have their last home game of the series in Game 5. So will the Royals clinch a World Series berth, or will Toronto survive to play another game? Here's our preview and prediction. 

Where To Watch: 

Fox Sports 1, with first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. ET. 


Blue Jays:

Ben Revere LF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Chris Colabello 1B
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Dioner Navarro C
Kevin Pillar CF
Ryan Goins 2B
Marco Estrada P


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

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What They Are Saying About The Royals

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Key To The Game: 

Can Toronto's "Big Four" find success against Volquez? Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion and Tulowitzki were a combined 1 for 11 against Volquez in the first game of the series. In their careers, they are a combined 9 for 41. Those four must do better for the Blue Jays' offense to have success. Toronto's bats came alive in Game 3, but disappeared in Game 4. If the Blue Jays can't get their offense going against Volquez, they'll be in serious trouble once the Royals turn to their bullpen. 

Prediction: Blue Jays Win 6-3

Playing at home for, potentially, the last time this season, the Blue Jay offense wakes up to stave off elimination. Volquez struggles early, as the Blue Jays tag him for five runs in the first few innings. Estrada gives the Blue Jays a quality start and the series heads back to Kansas City with the Royals still in control with a 3-2 advantage. 

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