The Blue Jays led the major leagues in runs in 2015 by a huge margin -- 127 runs more than anyone else. They were shut out only five times, the fewest blankings of any team in the major leagues (comparison point: the Cubs were shut out 10 times this season).
Naturally, that resulted in a shutout in Friday evening's Game 1 at Kansas City by Edinson Volquez and the Royals' fine bullpen. Because baseball.
During the regular season, the Jays won four of seven from the Royals and scored at least five runs in six of the seven games. So I'd think their offense will wake up soon enough, perhaps in Game 2.
David Price goes for the Blue Jays this afternoon. His postseason record is not good: a 5.04 ERA in 12 appearances (six starts) with nine home runs allowed in 50 innings. He got hit hard (eight runs in 10 innings) in two appearances in Toronto's division series vs. the Rangers.
Yordano Ventura gets the call for the Royals. He, too, did not do well in Kansas City's division series against the Astros (two starts, seven innnings, six earned runs).
So, you might expect a high-scoring game today. As you know, though, things don't always go to form. Because baseball.
The game is on FS1. Announcers: Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci.
This will be the only thread for this afternoon's game. The preview for Cubs/Mets Game 1 will post at 5 p.m. CT. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.