Danny Duffy (7-1, 2.98 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (51-58) take on Aaron Sanchez (11-1, 2.71 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (63-47) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Blue Jays won the last game 4-3, and Toronto leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6 and can be seen on FSKC and RSN.
Duffy pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out 16 and walking one in a 3-0 win over the Rays. Kendrys Morales (.243, 39 Rs, 17 HRs, 50 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Sanchez went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking two in a 6-2 defeat to the Orioles in his most recent start. Josh Donaldson (.299, 90 Rs, 27 HRs, 77 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run.
Toronto takes on Kansas City as a -120 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven 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.
As for their opponent, Toronto is coming in with an overall money line of +202 and an impressive record of 50-31 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 367 extra base hits. Toronto is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.8 per game. Shifting to the pitching staff and defense, the Blue Jays allow just 4.1 runs per game, ranking them first 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 1.200 for the season.
The Blue Jays have the edge in the season series, 4-0. The Royals have a 40-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Sanchez takes the mound. Duffy (LHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 15-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Under
The Blue Jays won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Royals are 15-15. The Blue Jays are 13-19 in close games this season.
Kansas City has won 42% (20-28) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Toronto has won 52% (24-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 33-40 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.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 93 this season. Toronto ranks second with 158 home runs.
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 27th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.708). Toronto ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .763.
The Blue Jays are 37-36 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 32-47 when they allow at least one homer.