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Toronto sends Henderson Alvarez vs Luke Hochevar in Blue Jays vs Royals game

Kansas City RoyalsToronto Blue Jays
July 5, 7:07 PM | TurfRogers Centre

Kansas City Royals vs Toronto Blue Jays Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Kansas City duelling Toronto on Thursday at Rogers Centre.

Henderson Alvarez gets the call for the Toronto Blue Jays and he will try to build on a 5-6 mark. In the other dugout, Luke Hochevar brings a 5-8 ledger to the game for the Royals as he tries to quiet the Blue Jays bats.

View Kansas City vs Toronto Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Royals listed as underdogs of +-130 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 10, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Blue Jays - Royals odds would favor the Royals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Toronto is rated No. 8 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Kansas City is at No. 7 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Toronto owns the No. 9 ranking for hits in the American League at 8.8 per game. By contrast, the Royals are rated No. 4 in the same category at 9.2 per game.

Comparing defensive stats, Kansas City owns the American League's No. 3-rated road mark, allowing 4 runs per game on the highway. Toronto, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring at home.

The Royals were a 4-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Blue Jays. That made winners of bettors who got Toronto at -142 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. Kansas City looks to rebound from a loss to the Blue Jays, who beat them 4-1 on Wednesday behind a start from Carlos Villanueva at Rogers Centre.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Detroit are 2-8
After playing Toronto are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

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

A few Royals at Blue Jays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas City's last 11 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Kansas City is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto's last 11 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Kansas City at Detroit, Friday, July 6
Toronto at Chi White Sox, Friday, July 6