MLB Baseball Betting: Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays

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The Toronto Blue Jays will try to complete a three game sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday at the Rogers Centre. The Jays have been playing well of late and have won four straight. Pending the outcome of Tuesday’s action they could be even closer to the AL East lead. With the Orioles slumping (lost 5 straight pending the outcome of Tuesday’s game at Los Angeles) both Toronto and the second place Boston Red Sox are reeling Baltimore in.

Kansas City will start right hander Ian Kennedy. He’s had a very erratic season. Overall, the Royals have won 9 of his 16 starts for a +2.2 unit profit. Kennedy has a 4.04 ERA and a 1.217 WHIP in those games. They’ve lost 6 of his 10 road starts with Kennedy’s ERA at 5.37 and WHIP at 1.337. They’ve also lost 2 of his last three starts though Kennedy’s numbers have improved during that timeframe–a 3.37 ERA and a 1.125 WHIP.

The Blue Jays will start right hander Marcus Stroman who has had plenty of his own struggles this season. Toronto has lost 9 of his 17 starts overall including 5 of 9 on the road. They’re also 0-3 in his last three starts. For the year, Stroman has a 5.08 ERA and a 1.380 WHIP and at home he’s got a 5.37 ERA and a 1.421 WHIP. In his last three starts, he’s got a 7.04 ERA and a 1.760 WHIP. He is coming off of a solid start in a losing effort, however. He went 6 2/3 innings against the Cleveland Indians on July 1 allowing just 5 hits and 1 ER while walking 1 and striking out 6. He didn’t get any run support, however, and ended up losing 2-1.

Stroman is a better pitcher than he’s demonstrated so far this season and he’s got a good shot to get back on the winning track against a Kansas City team that has been horrible on the road this year. The Royals are 16-29 -11.4 units away from home this season. The Blue Jays hit the ball much better and particularly against right handed starts (averaging 5.0 runs per game at home and 5.4 runs per game against RHP). The Jays have beaten Kansas City in 9 of the last 13 meetings at the Rogers Centre and there’s no reason they can’t make it 10 of 14 here.


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