Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (61-47) at Kansas City Royals (51-57)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 5, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
F Liriano (6-11) (5.38) vs. D Gee (3-5) (4.66)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +118 / Toronto Blue Jays -128 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays look to stay red hot and lay claim to top spot in the AL East with a series opening win against one of their freshest rivals in the Kansas City Royals.
The Blue Jays got a huge series win against the Houston Astros this week as they took three of four games in a low scoring stretch for both teams and now they will look to continue their recent success as they stay on the road to face off against the World Series champions at Kauffman. The Jays will get their first look at Francisco Liriano and while he hasn’t had a very strong season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he has a fresh start and is reunited with former Bucs battery mate Russell Martin who speaks highly of Liriano and the time they spent together. Liriano also has to contend with possibly being shifted to the bullpen if he struggles as the team has reneged on their decision for the time being to move Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen so that should motivate Liriano to pitch a solid game here against a struggling Royals side.
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The Royals meanwhile are in the midst of an ugly stretch and are eight games back of the second wild card spot in the American League and while it isn’t over yet it is looking very likely that they won’t repeat as World Series champions. The Royals did lose a number of key pieces from last year’s team through injury and offseason movement but they still have some nice pieces but they just couldn’t find a way to generate the same level of consistency this season and their ridiculous performance in one run games last season has certainly regressed. KC will look to spoil the party though for their AL East nemesis as the Jays have last year’s ALCS fresh in their minds and while this series doesn’t have a ton of meaning for the Royals I think it will have a postseason atmosphere all weekend long.
The Jays are 5-1 in their last six road games, 7-3 in their last 10 overall, and 8-1 in their last nine against the AL Central while the Royals are 1-5 in their last six Friday games, 0-7 in their lasyt seven against a lefty, and 1-4 in Dillon Gee’s last five starts. This is Toronto’s series to lose and while I am a little hesitant here with Liriano making his team debut I think he gets it done as the Jays bats wake up.