Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Preview

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The Toronto Blue Jays are gunning for their fourth win in a row they play host to the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. ET and this AL matchup will be televised on FB.

Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Kansas City (+170) is entering this game as the underdog against Toronto (-180) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs (-115 for the over and -105 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds sitting at -130 for the Royals +1.5 runs and +110 for the Blue Jays -1.5.

The Royals are only 3-12 SU and are 6-7 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.2 units for gamblers taking the moneyline in this young season and 3.4 units ATS. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are 11-5 SU and 8-6 ATS. The team’s gained 3.0 units for moneyline bettors and 2.8 units ATS.

Toronto games have a 5-8-1 over/under record so far in 2018. The Royals have an over/under record of 4-9.

The right-handed Ian Kennedy is getting the start for the visiting Royals. Kennedy is 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Blue Jays this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 3.60 ERA and two strikeouts over five innings).

The Blue Jays will send lefty J.A. Happ (2-1, 3.94 ERA) to the mound. Happ has 23 strikeouts and five walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.31. Happ made two starts against the Royals in 2017, compiling a 0-1 record with a 1.35 ERA and 11 strikeouts.

As a unit, Toronto’s pitching staff has given up 3.8 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.63, a WHIP of 1.46 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.8. The bullpen has recorded a solid ERA of just 2.18, a WHIP of 1.12 and a K/9 of 9.1.

Toronto’s offense has put up 5.5 runs per outing, including 5.5 per game over its last 10 games and 5.8 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .244/.338/.381 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Blue Jays’ offense has been led by Yangervis Solarte, who is slashing .280/.393/.520 with 14 hits, eight RBIs and eight runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Kansas City’s pitchers have allowed 5.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 7.96 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 6.75, along with a WHIP of 1.21 and a K/9 of 7.31.

The Royals offense has slashed .238/.307/.350 on its way to 3.1 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (0-5 SU).

Kansas City’s offense has been led by Mike Moustakas. Moustakas is hitting .361/.381/.656 with four home runs, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

The Blue Jays just snuck away with the previous game in the series by a score of five runs to four.

Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Blue Jays, ATS Winner – Royals, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Kansas City’s last seven games.
  • The Royals have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.
  • Kansas City has posted 20.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.8 over its last five.
  • The Royals have lost eight of their last nine games SU while the Blue Jays have won six of their last seven SU.