Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays
|Date & Time||Sunday June 30, 2019, 1:07 PM (EDT)|
Toronto Blue Jays -115 / Kansas City Royals -105
RSN, FS-Kansas City
The Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from Rogers Centre on Sunday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the series following a 7-5 loss in game two on Saturday. Martin Maldonado had a solo home run while Hunter Dozier had a double and an RBI. Alex Gordon and Lucas Duda each had an RBI while Whit Merrifield added a double of his own. Nicky Lopez, Humberto Arteaga and Billy Hamilton each had base hits to round out KC’s offense as a team in the loss. Homer Bailey gave up five runs on five hits while walking four and striking out six, not factoring in the decision. Scott Barlow took the loss in relief, falling to 2-3 on the year. Brad Keller will start game three and is 3-9 with a 4.32 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. This will be Keller’s second career start against Toronto.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to complete the sweep after their game two victory on Saturday. Cavan Biggio had a home run and four RBIs while Danny Jansen hit a homer and had two RBIs of his own as well as Vladimir Guerrero Jr’s solo shot to round out Toronto’s scoring as a team in the win. Eric Sogard went 2 for 3 while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a base hit of his own to round out Toronto’s offense as the Jays cranked out just six hits as a team in the victory. Marcus Stroman gave up three runs on four hits while striking out four over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Daniel Hudson picked up the win to improve to 5-2 on the year. Aaron Sanchez will start game three and is 3-10 with a 5.89 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sanchez is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 8 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 3-13 in Keller’s last 16 starts and 14-39 in their last 53 games against the AL East while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Toronto is 1-10 in Sanchez’s last 11 starts and 3-7 in their last 10 home games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. Kansas City is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 16-40 in the last 56 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.
Neither of these teams have had much success with their respective starters on the mound, as both teams have gone a combined 4-23 in their last 27 combined starts. The difference for me is that Toronto has been the best team in the first two games of the set so far and have a slight advantage playing at home. Given what we’ve seen from the first two games of the set, I’ll lay the juice with Toronto for the sweep.