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Luke Hochevar out to silence Blue Jays bats in MLB contest

Toronto Blue JaysKansas City Royals
June 9, 4:10 PM | GrassKauffman Stadium

Toronto Blue Jays vs Kansas City Royals Odds

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Baseball bettors look for value at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday as host Kansas City battles the Toronto Blue Jays in baseball odds action.

Ricky Romero gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Blue Jays on this day; he's 5-5 on the season. The Royals, meanwhile, will counter with Luke Hochevar, who will be looking to improve on his 3-6 mark.

View Toronto vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Royals as +125 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Royals at No. 12 in the American League and the Blue Jays at No. 2 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Kansas City's No. 7-rated American League offense, averaging 4.5 runs per game, against a Blue Jays defense that ranks No. 11 in the American League at 4.5 in runs allowed per game. The Royals have averaged 9.1 hits per game so far, less than Blue Jays batters have averaged on the year (9.2 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Toronto owns the American League's No. 8-rated road mark, allowing 4.3 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 9-8 winner as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at +107 were rewarded, while the 17 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Toronto looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Royals, a 9-8 final on Wednesday in support of Carlos Villanueva at Kauffman Stadium.

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing LA Angels are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

A few Blue Jays at Royals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Toronto's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 9 games on the road
Toronto is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Kansas City's last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 9 games when playing at home against Toronto
Kansas City is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Kansas City is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Toronto home to Boston, Friday, June 10
Kansas City at LA Angels, Friday, June 10