Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays face off on Friday as they start their series in Kansas City. The Royals are -115 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Kansas City Royals are looking to finally follow through on their potential as they have ben one of the more disappointing teams in recent years. The Royals have won four games in a row, are 3-0 at home this season, and they are in first place in the AL Central. As a team the Royals are hitting .281 with Alex Gordon hitting .378, Alcides Escobar hitting .306, Lorenzo Cain hitting .296, and Billy Butler hitting .276. The Royals opponents are hitting .247 and the Kansas City pitching staff has an ERA of 3.20. For Friday’s game the Royals start Luis Mendoza who pitched well but got a no decision in his first start of the year at Philadelphia against the Phillies. In his first outing Mendoza allowed two hits and a run while striking out seven and walking three over six innings of work.
The Toronto Blue Jays looked like they had bought and traded for the makings of a contender in the off season but thus far the script hasn’t played itself out. The Blue Jays are 1-2 on the road this season, 3-6 overall, and they have been outscored by 24 runs. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .236 with Jose Reyes hitting .412, Melky Cabrera hitting .306, and J.P. hitting .278. The Toronto opponents are hitting .284 and the Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 5.05. For Friday’s game the Blue Jays start J.A. Happ who was nearly unhittable in his last start. In his last outing Happ allowed one hit and struck out six over 5.1 scoreless innings getting the win.
Kansas City is 7-2 in their last nine games as a home favorite, 6-2 in their last eight home games against a left handed starter, and 6-1 in Mendoza’s last seven home starts. Toronto is 6-13 against a right handed starter, 3-9 in their last 12 road games, and 2-8 in their last 10 games one of a series. Toronto has won four in a row at Kansas City.
Despite the big bats we have pitchers who can keep the score low and I see this one coming in under the total.