Toronto Blue Jays (54-65) at Kansas City Royals (36-83)
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 15, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals +120 / Toronto Blue Jays -130 --- Over/Under: 9
The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals meet Wednesday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for another victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Blue Jays have scored nine runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won six of their last nine games when scoring more than one run. Justin Smoak leads the Blue Jays with 103 hits and 59 RBI while Yangervis Solarte and Kevin Pillar have combined for 195 hits and 97 RBI. Marco Estrada gets the ball, and he is 5-9 with a 4.84 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. Estrada is 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals could also use a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Royals have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 10 straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 135 hits and 38 RBI while Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon have combined for 174 hits and 85 RBI. Burch Smith gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 6.97 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. This will be Smith’s second career game against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in Estradas last 5 road starts and 4-9 in Estradas last 13 starts. The Royals are 5-12 in their last 17 Wednesday games, 12-39 in their last 51 during game 3 of a series and 1-5 in Smiths last 6 starts. The Blue Jays are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Kansas City and the under is 12-5-1 in the last 18 meetings.
The Toronto Blue Jays offense continues to produce at a high level, which is the one edge we have between these two teams that have trouble stringing wins together. Estrada has had his struggles this season, but he's been rather improved recently where he's allowed two or less runs in six of his last nine starts. Smith has been awful pretty much all season long and has given up a combined 18 hits and 16 runs in his last 10.2 innings. The Blue Jays have to be drooling over this matchup based on the way they're swinging the bats. Give me the Blue Jays and the cheap price.