Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/31/14
Kansas City Royals (25-28) at Toronto Blue Jays (32-23)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Pitcher TBA () (0-0) (0.00) vs. Drew Hutchison (R) (4-3) (3.878)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays / Kansas City Royals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, SNET
The Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays will play game two of four on Saturday afternoon.
The Royals have won the first two games of the series and have experienced an offensive explosion, scoring 14 runs in those games. While the Royals are 23rd in the league in runs scored, they are 22-4 this season when scoring more than three runs. Alex Gordon has hit safely in eight straight games and Billy Butler has five hits and three runs in this series. Getting the nod Saturday is Aaron Brooks, who is 0-0 with a 27.00 ERA and has two strikeouts in two innings. This will be Brook’s second career start and first game against the Blue Jays.
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Despite losing the first two games of the series, the Blue Jays have won nine of their last 11 games. Of course, poor pitching has doomed the Blue Jays like it has much of the season, as they have the 24th worst ERA at 4.19. The Blue Jays are 7-23 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Edwin Encarnacion has 13 RBI in his last 10 games and Jose Bautista has homered in each game this series. Drew Hutchinson will get the start, and he’s 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA and has 59 strikeouts in 65 innings. Hutchinson is 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA in two career starts against the Royals.
The Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League East. The Blue Jays are 19-7 in their last 26 overall and 8-2 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series.
While there's no line on this game yet, I still like the Blue Jays at home against a rookie pitcher. As long as the line is reasonable to you, back the home team in this spot.