Blue Blue Jays vs. Royals Odds, Pick, Prediction: Toronto’s Offense Is Red Hot (Wednesday, June 8)
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- After recording two straight shutouts to open this three-game series, the Jays look to sweep the Royals in a Wednesday matinee.
- Toronto is finding its offensive rhythm as of late while Kansas City has major issues in its bullpen.
- Jules Posner breaks down where the value lies from a betting perspective in this matchup.
Blue Jays vs. Royals Odds
|Blue Jays Odds||-140|
|Over/Under||9 (+100 / -120)|
|Time||2:10 p.m. ET|
|Odds via PointsBet. Get up-to-the-minute MLB odds here.|
The Toronto Blue Jays look to complete the road sweep of the Kansas City Royals Wednesday afternoon and continue their impressive run up the AL East standings.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Royals are just looking to climb out of last place in the AL Central.
The Jays are 8-2 over their last 10 games, while the Royals are 2-8 in their last 10.
Yusei Kikuchi takes the mound for the Jays against a surging Brady Singer in Wednesday’s matinee.
Jays’ Offense Coming On Strong
The Jays’ offense is healthy for the most part, and they have been firing on all cylinders as of late. After a sluggish start to the season, their offense has soared up the MLB leaderboards.
Over the past three weeks, the Jays have a 127 wRC+ on the road against RHP — good for fifth in MLB. In addition, the top of their batting order has really been torching teams.
Kikuchi has actually been pretty solid this season, although, he did attempt to restart his campaign as the most fade-able pitcher in baseball with a rocky start his last time out.
Overall, Kikuchi is stronger on the road. He’s posted a 3.63 ERA and a 4.39 FIP over 22 1/3 road innings this season. Not bad, Yusei, not bad.
Royals Have Major Pen Issues
Singer got roughed up against an elite offense in his last start, and that doesn’t bode well, as he’s set to take on a hot Blue Jays offense.
Prior to his last start against the Astros, Singer had a three-start stretch where he posted a 1.37 ERA and a 2.22 FIP. One of the significant differences in the Jays and Astros’ lineups is the Jays have many more right-handed hitters.
Unfortunately for Singer, right-handed hitters are recording a .260 average against him at home this season.
Although the Royals’ offense has improved, the unit has had their difficulties against LHP over the past month. They are 20th in team wRC+ and although Kikuchi is not an elite lefty, average lefties still seem to give the Royals fits.
One glaring issue for the Royals is their bullpen — the unit has been in a funk as of late. The KC pen has the fourth-highest FIP and fifth-highest ERA in MLB over the past few weeks, and can’t be trusted to keep a game close.
Blue Jays-Royals Pick
With that said, the Jays clearly have every edge in this matchup. The Royals are full of talent, but they are lightyears behind the Jays at this point. Although Kikuchi is not the most fun pitcher to back, the runline value here seems to be the best play on the board.
If the moneyline holds at -150, it’s worth considering. But the risk/reward on a plus money Jays runline is probably the move here.
Pick: Jays RL +105