Ervin Santana, Mark Buehrle take mound in Blue Jays vs Royals tilt
Kansas City Royals vs Toronto Blue Jays Odds
MLB wagering interest swings to the Toronto vs Kansas City battle on Friday at Rogers Centre as the Blue Jays try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.
The Blue Jays will rely on Mark Buehrle to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Ervin Santana will be his counterpart for the Royals. Mark Buehrle is 10-7 this season, and Ervin Santana is 8-7.
The Royals were listed as +-120 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 8.5 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.
The Blue Jays - Royals odds would favor the Royals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Toronto is rated No. 11 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Kansas City is at No. 4 in the American League.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Royals rank No. 6 in the American League at 8.9 hits per game. That compares with Toronto’s No. 9 ranking in that category.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Toronto has the American League's No. 14-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the American League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.
Kansas City was a 3-1 winner in its last match on the road against the Twins. They won as -133 favorites, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors. Kansas City got the job done in their last match in a 3-1 victory over Minnesota on Thursday at Target Field behind starter Bruce Chen.
In their last action, Toronto was a 7-2 winner at home against the Yankees. Bettors on Toronto at +128 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Blue Jays enjoyed a 7-2 victory at the expense of the Yankees on Wednesday, with Todd Redmond throwing 5 2/3 innings of 3-hit ball at Rogers Centre.
Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 2-8
After playing Minnesota are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 7-3
After playing NY Yankees are 3-7
After a win are 4-6
A few Royals at Blue Jays trends to consider:
Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kansas City is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games at home
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Toronto is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Toronto's last 17 games
Kansas City at Toronto, Saturday, August 31