Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals, Friday, Las Vegas Sports Betting, MLB Baseball Odds, Picks and Predictions

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TORONTO BLUE JAYS KANSAS CITY ROYALS
35-37, 4th in American League East June 23, 8:15 PM | Grass of Kauffman Stadium 35-36, 3rd in American League Central
Toronto at Kansas City, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:15 PM ET, Friday, June 23, 2017
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, Sportsnet One (Toronto), FSN Kansas City
PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays LH J.A. Happ (2-4, 4.26 ERA) vs. Royals RH Jake Junis (2-1, 5.56)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Toronto Blue Jays [J. A. Happ -L] -1½ +115 -138 Ov 9½ -105
Kansas City Royals [J. Junis -R] +1½ -135 +128 Un 9½ -115
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Grass of Kauffman Stadium.

Left hander J.A. Happ will take the mound for the Blue Jays to start this game. Happ is 2-4 this season with a 4.26 ERA.

Happ’s opponent in this one will be Jake Junis. The Royals right hander has a 6.75 ERA to go along with a 2-1 record this season.

Happ has answered a slow start since coming off the disabled list with elbow inflammation to win back-to-back outings in sterling fashion. The 34-year-old scattered six hits and struck out eight over six innings in a 4-0 victory at Seattle on June 11 before fanning nine in 6 2/3 frames of a 7-2 triumph versus the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. “I feel like the last two have been a lot better,” Happ said. “I feel like I’m staying in my lanes a little better on each side of the plate, more consistently. That’s a good sign for me and there’s been a little bit more life to my fastball as well.”

Junis sustained his first loss of the season on Saturday after allowing five runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels. The 24-year-old surrendered two homers and has been taken deep six times in three starts since being called up in early June. “Jake struggled with command and left the ball over a big part of the plate a few times,” manager Ned Yost said of Junis, who will be making his seventh career appearance and fifth start on Friday.

Oddsmakers currently have the Blue Jays listed as 138-moneyline favorites versus the Royals, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

The Kansas Royals have won nine of 11 contests to move within one game of .500 while the Toronto Blue Jays are 0-9 this season in their bid to even their record. The Royals will look to level their mark at the Blue Jays’ expense on Friday when the clubs open a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

Salvador Perez belted his first career grand slam in Wednesday’s 6-4 victory over Boston to improve to 20-for-43 with four homers, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored in his last 12 games. The 2015 World Series Most Valuable Player has enjoyed a sterling June, but is just 2-for-9 in his career versus Friday starter J.A. Happ. Toronto settled for a split of its four-game series in Texas following Thursday’s 11-4 setback. “It’s been a battle trying to get back to that .500 mark. … It seems we get knocked around pretty good on that day,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of his club, which has been outscored 73-24 in those nine losses.

Kansas City was a 6-4 winner in its last match on the road against the Red Sox. They won as +121 underdogs, while the total score of 10 made winners of OVER bettors.

In their last action, Toronto was a 11-4 loser on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on Texas at 103 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (15) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

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Toronto:
Team record: 35-37 SU
Toronto is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road

Kansas City:
Team record: 35-36 SU
Kansas City is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
Kansas City is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Kansas City’s last 12 games

Next up:
Toronto at Kansas City Saturday, June 24

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Toronto 1B Justin Smoak has two homers, four RBIs and seven runs scored during his seven-game hitting streak.

2. Royals OF Whit Merrifield has recorded an RBI in six of nine plate appearances with a runner at third and less than two outs.

3. Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson is day-to-day with left knee soreness.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Toronto Blue Jays will win outright at -138 and the game will go under 9½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Blue Jays 5, Royals 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TOR TEAM KC
4.31 RUNS 3.97
4.67 RUNS AGNST 4.45
-0.36 DIFF -0.48
-$841 MONEY $255
4.37 TEAM ERA 4.27
8.32 OFF HITS 8.25
3.18 OFF WALKS 2.45
7.74 OFF Ks 7.61
8.68 DEF HITS 8.85
3.21 DEF WALKS 3.31
9.03 DEF Ks 7.76
INJURIES
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Gavin Floyd P 15-Day Disabled List
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Wade Davis P 15-Day Disabled List
Luke Hochevar P 15-Day Disabled List
Tim Collins P 60-Day Disabled List
Kris Medlen P 15-Day Disabled List
Mike Minor P 60-Day Disabled List
Mike Moustakas 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Jason Vargas P 60-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Toronto’s last 8 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Toronto is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Kansas City’s last 12 games
Kansas City is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 7 games at home
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City’s last 8 games when playing Toronto
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
Kansas City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Toronto
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Toronto’s Overall Scoring vs Kansas City’s Overall Defense 4.3 13 4.5 6
Toronto’s Away Scoring vs Kansas City’s Home Defense 4.4 9 4.2 5
Toronto’s Road ERA vs Kansas City’s Home ERA Allowed 4.4 7 3.9 15
Kansas City’s Overall Scoring vs Toronto’s Overall Defense 4.0 15 4.7 9
Kansas City’s Home Scoring vs Toronto’s Road Defense 3.9 15 4.7 7
Kansas City’s Home ERA vs Toronto’s Road ERA Allowed 3.9 7 3.9 10
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
BLUE JAYS
Blue Jays have allowed the third most runs in the league at 4.7 runs per game.
ROYALS
Royals have the third-lowest base on balls in the league at 2.6 per game.
Royals strike out less than any team in the league with 6.5 per game.
Royals are the toughest team to score on in the league, allowing just 3.7 runs per game

 

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