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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/29/14

Kansas City Royals (24-28) at Toronto Blue Jays (32-22)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

James Shields (R) (6-3) (2.946) vs. R.A. Dickey (R) (5-4) (3.952)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -106 / Kansas City Royals -104 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Kansas City

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals face off on Thursday in Toronto in game one of their series.

The Toronto Blue Jays are the hottest team in baseball winning their last nine games in a row. The Blue Jays are 16-11 at home, 9-1 in their last 10 games, and they have a three game lead in the AL East. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .263 with Melky Cabrera hitting .314, Jose Bautista hitting .301, Edwin Encarnacion hitting .263, and Jose Reyes hitting .260. The Toronto pitching staff has an ERA of 4.18 with the starters at 3.76 and the bullpen at 4.96. For game one against the Royals the Blue Jays start R.A> Dickey who has won three of his last four starts. For the season Dickey has allowed 58 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 54 over 68.1 innings for a 5-4 record and a 3.95 ERA.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/29/14

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The Kansas City Royals are slumping and they have sunk into fourth place in the AL Central standings. The Royals are 11-14 on the road, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they have lost four games in a row. As a team the Royals are hitting .252 with Eric Hosmer hitting .280, Alex Gordon hitting .276, and Norichika Aoki hitting .264. The KC Pitching staff has an ERA of 3.76 with the starters at 3.80 and the bullpen at 3.68. For game one against the Jays the Royals start James Shields who has won six of his last seven decisions. For the season Shields has allowed 71 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 63 over 73.1 innings for a 6-3 record and a 2.95 ERA.

Toronto is 6-0 as a home favorite, 6-1 against a right-handed starter, and 5-0 in Dickey’s last five home starts. Kansas City is 4-9 in their last 13 games as an underdog, 0-4 in game one of a series, and 4-0 in Shields’ last four starts against a team with a winning record. Kansas City is 10-24 in their last 34 games in Toronto.

I believe that Shields will battle to keep the Royals in this one but I am less than certain the bats back him up enough to get it done. 

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