Blue Jays Face Short-handed Royals
The final weekend of the first half of the MLB season is here as the All-Star Break is coming up. The Toronto Blue Jays host the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night as these teams will begin a four-game series.
Kansas City comes into this game having won four of its last five, but the Royals are still just 35-53. The Royals are likely going to be sellers at the trade deadline, and the rebuild will continue for another year.
Toronto has won two straight games to get to 47-42. The Blue Jays did just fire manager Charlie Montoyo on Wednesday and the team hopes that the decision will propel this team to a big run.
The MLB lines for this game have the Toronto Blue Jays as big moneyline betting favorites over the Kansas City Royals.
Royals Dealing With Depleted Roster
Kansas City has 10 players not making the trip to Toronto because they are not vaccinated against COVID-19, and that is going to impact this series. President of baseball operations Dayton Moore said, “We’ve always been an organization that promotes and encourages individual choices. Unfortunately, some of this affects the team.”
Even with a full roster, Kansas City has really struggled to get outs. The Royals have a team ERA of 4.84, and they will turn to left-hander Angel Zerpa, who pitched two scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win on Monday in his season debut.
Bobby Witt Jr. and Andrew Benintendi have been the leaders on offense for Kansas City, but both players aren’t making the trip. Those absences will hurt a team that is batting just .243 and has hit just 72 home runs.
Blue Jays Beating Teams on Offense
It’s been a strange season for the Toronto Blue Jays, who are still in a playoff spot. Toronto does have a ton of power in that lineup and has hit 115 home runs.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the way with 20 home runs and 56 RBIs while All-Star catcher Alejandro Kirk has a team-high .312 batting average. The Blue Jays can be tough to stop when they get on a roll, especially at home.
Kevin Gausman will start on Thursday night, and he is 6-6 with a 2.86 ERA. Gausman is one of the better pitchers in baseball and will be facing a roster of minor league hitters.
Royals vs Blue Jays Head-to-Head
The scores and odds for this head-to-head matchup don’t really matter when making MLB picks. Toronto has won two of the first three games against Kansas City this season.
Royals vs Blue Jays Game Information
- Game: Royals (35-53) vs Blue Jays (47-42)
- Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto
- Day/Time: Thursday, July 14, 7:07 p.m. ET
- Royals vs Blue Jays Live Stream: MLB.tv
Royals vs Blue Jays Betting Lines
|Kansas City Royals
A. Zerpa -L
|+1½ +170||+340||8½ -120o||
|Toronto Blue Jays
K. Gausman -R
|-1½ -200||-420||8½ -Evu||
Royals vs Blue Jays Prediction
Kansas City is coming into this series without 10 of their everyday layers due to COVID-19 restrictions and that will create a mismatch.
Gausman doesn’t need any help to be dominant, but he should have very little trouble with the Royals lineup in this game. The 22-year-old Zerpa is making his third career appearance and second start vs. the Blue Jays, who should have a big day at the plate.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Toronto Blue Jays -1½ to roll to a big win over the Kansas City Royals.