Another day, another 13-game MLB slate. Today, we have reached the top of the rotation for most teams, so studs will be on the mound and in full force. Today, we are focusing on game three of a series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals took game one of the series in an impressive offensive fashion, but their bats cooled off tremendously last night. The Jays are happy to get a win, but still, this team is leaving a lot to be desired.
Royals vs. Blue Jays Betting Pick: Preview
Here are the odds at the time of posting for game two between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays:
Tuesday, April 4 MLB Betting Notes, Courtesy of DraftKings
Moneyline: Toronto Blue Jays -190 vs. Kansas City Royals +160
Runline: Blue Jays-1.5 -115 / Royals +1.5 -105
Total: 9 Runs (Over -105 / Under -115)
Game Time: 7:40 pm ET / 4:40 pm PT
Where: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
Weather: 53 degrees and chilly
Royals vs. Blue Jays: Analysis
After both teams suffered losses to begin their seasons, the Royals and Blue Jays face off for a four-game series in Kansas City. The Royals took game one 9-5 after an offensive explosion we didn’t know they had in them, and the Blue Jays took a close game two.
Today, Alek Manoah will take the mound for the Jays, and Zack Greinke will get the rock for the Royals. Will Manoah bounce back from his lackluster opening-day start? Let’s dive in.
Royals vs. Blue Jays: Royals Preview
The Royals came into this series after scoring just four runs in three games in their series against the Twins. Kansas City opened this series with a huge nine-run performance, and it seemed like they were back on track. However, the Royals came out with another dud on offense in game two. They scored just one run on a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning, and that was it. That is certainly troublesome for this team moving forward.
Zack Greinke will make the start for the Royals today at home against the Blue Jays. In his first start this year, Greinke went 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts against the Twins. Last season, in his lone start against the Jays, Greinke allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings fo work in a loss.
Royals vs. Blue Jays: Blue Jays Preview
The Blue Jays are struggling to find their footing this season. They lost their opening series to the Cardinals, and they dropped the first game to the Royals, and they looked really bad while doing it. Last night, they were picked up by starting pitcher Kikuchi, which was an unexpected surprise for the Jays. Now they turn it back to the top of the rotation, and while there’s no need to be super concerned with the Jays, they have a lot to prove.
Alek Manoah will take the mound for the Jays. Manoah’s first start did not go as planned, and it looks like he picked up where he left off in his lackluster spring training. In his first start, Manoah went just 3.1 innings, and he allowed five runs on nine hits with only three strikeouts. Last season against the Royals, Manoah dominated them. He pitched 12 innings in two starts and allowed one run on 10 hits with 10 strikeouts.
Royals vs. Blue Jays: Prediction
The Blue Jays are heavy favorites in this game, and it is not hard to see why. Toronto’s offense still has not woken up yet, but they can always explode at any moment. The Royals have shown that scoring runs is very difficult for them, so I do not expect them to turn into game one Royals here against a superior pitcher in Manoah.
Prediction: Blue Jays -1.5 -115