Dillon Gee (3-5, 4.66 ERA) and Francisco Liriano (6-11, 5.46 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (51-57) and the Toronto Blue Jays (62-47) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 5 and can be seen on FSKC and RSN.
Gee pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking one in a 5-3 defeat to the Rangers. Eric Hosmer (.279, 54 Rs, 15 HRs, 59 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Josh Donaldson (.298, 89 Rs, 27 HRs, 77 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Toronto takes on Kansas City as a -128 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of -384 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 25-45. Kansas City has recorded a disappointing 2-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Royals have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.4 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.8 runs per game. As for the pitchers, the Royals are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.6 hits per game so far this season.
In the other locker room, Toronto is coming in with an overall money line of +102 and an impressive record of 49-31 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 5-2 record and a 7-3 record SU. The Blue Jays have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 364 extra base hits. Toronto is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.8 per game. Moving on to Toronto's pitching staff and defense, the Blue Jays allow just 4.1 runs per game, ranking them second in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Blue Jays are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.201 for the season.
The Blue Jays have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Royals have an 11-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Liriano takes the mound. Gee (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 46-31 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Under
When leading after seven innings, Toronto is 24-22, while Kansas City is 20-28.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 33-39 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 4-39. The Blue Jays have an 8-35 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 92 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 156.
Ranking 12th, Toronto is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.45 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.91.
Ranking 26th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.709). Toronto ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .763.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 36-36. When the Royals allow one or more homers, they have a 32-46 record.