Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/29/14
Toronto Blue Jays (12-13) at Kansas City Royals (12-12)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Dustin McGowan (R) (1-1) (6.882) vs. Jason Vargas (L) (2-0) (1.543)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -132 / Toronto Blue Jays +122 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, FS-Kansas City
The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals collide at Kauffman Stadium in Tuesday action.
Toronto has avoided a painfully slow start of a season ago but still haven't done themselves any favors with losses in four straight before getting back in the win column with a 7-1 decision over visiting Boston on Sunday. RA Dickey and his knuckler came to the rescue in a much needed win with just the lone run plated in the second that gave the visitors a shortlived lead. Dickey scattered five hits over 6.1 innings. The offense didn't waste the effort with nine hits that saw Brett Lawrie homer and drive in two with Edwin Encarnacion knocking in two more. Dustin McGowan gets the starting nod in Tuesday's opener at Kauffman Stadium. McGowan has struggled the past two times out with nine runs given up on eleven hits and five walks in eight frames.
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The Royals might be the team with the best chance of dislodging Detroit from their perch atop the American League Central if their bats can develop some consistency. The offense has produced at times but getting them to do it for more then a day or two isn't happening. The bats and arms did come through in Sunday's 9-3 rout of Baltimore on the road in the series rubber match. Starter James Shields continued to throw the ball well as he improved to 3-2 with both runs given up on three hits in seven frames. The attack made short work of Orioles pitching with 13 hits with Omar Infante going deep and doubling to drive in six while Alex Gordon knocked in two. Lefty Jason Vargas toes the rubber against the Blue Jays in Tuesday night's bout. Vargas has been outstanding through five outings where he has not allowed more then two runs in any start.
I don't think we know what we'll see from McGowan so I give the pitching edge to Kansas City. Both teams can score in spurts but overall I prefer the Royals here while hoping for some runs...