Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals meet on Monday for game four of their series. The Royals are -120 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Kansas City Royals are now the worst team in baseball as they have lost 10 games in a row with no relief in sight. On Sunday Mike Moustakas had three hits and scored a run, Jeff Francouer had two hits and scored a run, and Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer each had hits as the Royals scored three runs on seven hits for the game. On the mound Daniel Duffy allowed five hits and four runs while striking out five over 4.2 innings to take his second loss of the season. On Monday Kansas City takes another shot at ending the losing streak as they start Bruce Chen who has pitched well but doesn’t have the record to show for it. For the season Chen has allowed 13 hits and four earned runs while striking out 14 over 18 innings of work for an ERA of 2.00.
The Toronto Blue Jays have been the latest beneficiary of having the Royals on the schedule as they have moved into a tie for first place in the A.L. East. On Sunday Yunel Escobar has two hits, a RBI, and scored a run, Jose Bautista had a hit, a run and a RBI, and Brett Lawrie had a hit and two RBI’s as the Blue Jays had eight hits and five runs on the day. On the mound Ricky Romero earned his third win of the year as he allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out five over eight innings of work and Francisco Cordero allowed two hits and a run but got the save. For Monday’s series finale Toronto starts Brandon Morrow who lost last time out, his only decision thus far. For the season Morrow has allowed 15 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out nine over 20 innings of work for a 4.50 ERA.
Kansas City is 1-4 in their last five games as a home favorite, 1-11 in their last 12 home games, and 0-4 in Chen’s last four starts. Toronto is 6-1 in their last seven road games, 2-5 in their last seven games as an underdog, and 11-4 in Morrow’s last 15 road starts. Toronto is 5-1 in their last six games in Kansas City.
While taking the Royals doesn’t seem to be a wise move they can’t keep losing forever and this looks like a logical spot for them to get a win.
Kansas City Royals -120 Toronto Blue Jays