Toronto Blue Jays (53-65) at Kansas City Royals (36-82)
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 14, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals +128 / Toronto Blue Jays -138 --- Over/Under: 9.5
The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals meet Tuesday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Toronto Blue Jays could use a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Blue Jays have allowed seven runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Yangervis Solarte leads the Blue Jays with 101 hits and 53 RBI while Justin Smoak and Kevin Pillar have combined for 193 hits and 100 RBI. Ryan Borucki gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. This will be Borucki’s first career game against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals could also use a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Royals have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost nine straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 134 hits and 37 RBI while Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon have combined for 171 hits and 83 RBI. Heath Fillmyer gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. This will be Fillmyer’s first career game against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 2-8 in their last 10 Tuesday games, 1-5 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Boruckis last 5 starts. The Royals are 16-43 in their last 59 home games, 14-45 in their last 59 overall and 1-4 in Fillmyers last 5 starts. The Blue Jays are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Kansas City, 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Neither of these teams should be heavily juiced with the way they've been playing lately and this season overall if we're being honest. Borucki has been solid this season for the Blue Jays when he's pitching against anyone other than the Red Sox, but Fillmyer is coming off a seven inning shutout against the Cubs and has an ERA of 1.71 at home this season. I'm not trying to get behind either of these clubs, but if forced to pick, the Royals and the plus money at home seems to be the way to go. If I have to bet a bad baseball team in poor form, I want more bang for my buck.