Yordano Ventura (6-9, 4.83 ERA) and Marcus Stroman (8-4, 4.74 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (52-58) and the Toronto Blue Jays (63-48) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 4-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 7 and can be seen on FSKC and RSN.
Ventura pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out two and walking four in a 3-2 win over the Rays. Eric Hosmer (.280, 54 Rs, 15 HRs, 61 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Stroman went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out 13 and walking one in a 2-1 defeat to the Astros in his last outing.
Toronto takes on Kansas City as a -135 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of -484 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 25-46. 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 2.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.8 runs per game. Turning to 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.
Over in the other dugout, Toronto is coming in with an overall money line of +302 and an impressive record of 51-31 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 369 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 4.0 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 1.202 for the season.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 4-1. The Royals have a 40-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Stroman takes the mound. Ventura (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 48-31 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Under
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 one walk during their last outing. The Royals have a 19-21 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 42-16. The Blue Jays have a 50-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Kansas City has earned 419 this season. Toronto ranks sixth with 534 runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 250 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 420.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 36-32. When the Blue Jays hit at least one homer, they have a 55-29 record.