Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals - 7/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (43-37) at Toronto Blue Jays (44-39)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
E Volquez (7-7) (4.89) vs. A Sanchez (8-1) (3.16)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -170 / Kansas City Royals +160 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSKC, RSN
Up at Rogers Centre on Monday, the Kansas City Royals will be taking on the Toronto Blue Jays to kick off their series.
The Royals are coming off a series against the Phillies. The two teams split the first two games, and in the rubber match Sunday, Kansas City lost 7-2.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays just played the Indians over the weekend. Toronto dropped the first two games, but won Saturday’s 9-6. On Sunday, the Blue Jays destroyed Cleveland 17-1.
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Right-hander Edinson Volquez will be taking the mound for the Royals on Monday. In his 17 games and 7-7 record this year, Volquez has a 4.80 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP in 99.1 innings. On Wednesday against the Cardinals, Volquez put up 6.2 innings with six hits and no earned in a no-decision.
At the plate, the Kansas City hitters are pretty well-rounded overall. Eric Hosmer has hit 94 times with 43 runs, 12 homers and 48 RBI. Alcides Escobar has put up 92 hits with 29 runs and 21 RBI. Salvador Perez is playing well these days with 74 hits, 29 runs, 12 homers and 37 RBI.
Right-hander Aaron Sanchez will be taking the mound for the Blue Jays on Monday. In his 16 games and 8-1 record this year, Sanchez has amassed a 3.08 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in 105.1 innings. There had been some talk earlier in the year that Sanchez would be moved to the bullpen at some point to reduce his workload, but he’s been so good that some are speculating he could hang in the rotation all year long.
Toronto boasts some excellent hitters in their order as well. Josh Donaldson has put up 93 hits with 73 runs, 20 homers and 56 RBI. Donaldson went 4-for-4 on Sunday. Kevin Pillar holds 82 hits with 34 runs, seven homers and 33 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has a team-high 22 home runs with 76 RBI, 82 hits and 54 runs.
The Royals are 4-1 in their last five Monday games, and 1-4 in their last five game ones of a series. Kansas City is also 10-4 in Volquez’s last 14 starts in game one of a series, and 23-9 in Volquez’s last 32 starts with four days’ rest.
As for the Blue Jays, they’re 1-4 in their last five Monday games, and 0-4 in their last four game ones of a series. Toronto is also 4-0 in Sanchez’s last four home starts, and 9-3 in Sanchez’s last 12 starts overall.
With Sanchez pitching so well this year, I’ve got to go with the Blue Jays here in the opener.