Toronto Blue Jays (6-6) at Kansas City Royals (6-4)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:10 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)
() () vs. Jakob Junis (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Kansas City Royals / Toronto Blue Jays --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals meet in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to build off of their 5-4 win over the New York Yankees in Wednesday’s series finale. Bo Bichette led the way, going 3 for 5 with a pair of solo home runs, including the walk-off homer to give the Jays the W. Alejandro Kirk also homered with two RBIs while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Rowdy Tellez each went 2 for 4 at the dish. Cavan Biggio added a triple while Josh Palacios, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Marcus Semien each had a base hit as well to finish off Toronto’s offense as a team in the winning effort. T.J. Zeuch gave up four runs on four hits with a pair of strikeouts over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Rafael Dolis got the win to improve to 1-0 on the year by closing out the 9th. Toronto did not have a starting pitcher announced at the time this article was posted.
The Kansas City Royals will try to build on a 6-1 win over the Angels to close out their series. Carlos Santana and Salvador Perez each had a home run and two RBIs with Perez going 2 for 4 with a double and a solo homer while Santana belted a two-run shot. Cam Gallagher and Whit Merrifield each had an RBI to make up the scoring for the Royals in the winning effort while Andrew Benintendi went 2 for 5 with a double. Michael A. Taylor and Hunter Dozier each went 2 for 4 at the dish and Jarrod Dyson added a base hit as well to cap off KC’s offense as a team in the winning effort. Brad Keller got the win after allowing one run on four hits while striking out five over 5.2 innings of work. Jakob Junis will start here and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. In his career, Junis is 1-1 with a 3.66 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Toronto.
We're about three hours from first pitch and Toronto still hasn't announced a starter, but I'm still going to back the Blue Jays here. The Jays must have some confidence after another series victory over the Yankees, and while Junis has had a nice start to the year, I'm a bit weary about trusting him long term. I like the Jays to keep their momentum going with a win in Thursday's opener.