This Sunday November 11th, the CFL playoffs kickoff. The Ottawa Redblacks and Calgary Stampeders have earned 1st round byes while this weekend the BC Lions will face the Hamilton Ticats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to see who advances to the conference finals.
Toronto vs Kansas City: Blue Jays and Royals Rumble at the Rogers Center
Toronto Blue Jays: Reloaded for American League playoff race
A year after there was a near revolt, when Toronto sat idle at the 2014 MLB trade deadline, the Blue Jays went all in this year. The addition of studs Troy Tulowitzki and David Price have Blue Jays fans anticipating a strong playoff push. With 58 games left on their schedule, Toronto is 53-51 as they sit six games behind first place New York and tied with Baltimore for second in the AL East. The Jays play the Yankees thirteen times and the Orioles seven times down the stretch. Toronto won the first two games of this series 5-2 and 7-6 (11 innings) versus the overall AL leading Royals.
Kansas City Royals: Aiming to end a mini three-game losing skid and extend AL best lead
Strong out of the MLB All-Star break, with a 9-4 record, Kansas City has stumbled some as they've dropped three straight games by a 24-9 margin. That aside, the Royals 61-41 record is still the best mark in the American League and KC owns an eight game lead over the tumbling Twins in the AL Central. The Royals are also being considered as trade deadline winners as they picked up starting stud Johnny Cueto and second baseman Ben Zobrist. Cueto becomes an ace in an already solid Royals pitching staff while Zobrist should step in for the aging and unproductive Omar Infante.
Blue Jays vs Royals MLB Prediction: LHP Mark Burhrle (11-5 ERA 3.29) faces RHP Yordano Ventura (5-7 ERA 4.86) in the battle on the bump. Burhle has allowed just 14 earned runs (19 total) over his last 70.2 innings pitches during his last ten starts. In a strange move, the Royals sent Ventura to the minors for less than 24 hours on July 21 - he was back in the big leagues on July 22. Following his visit to Omaha, Ventura allowed one run, on six hits over seven innings, during a 5-1 Royals win at home over Houston last Sunday. Trusting the Blue Jays bats more than the slightly lighter hitting Royals, we'll back Toronto with a 500 unit wager on the money line posted at SportsInteraction.
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