Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 5/29/2014
Friday, May 30, 7:07 PM on FSKC, RSN
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Kansas City Royals - Vargas, J (4-2) vs. Toronto Blue Jays - Happ, J (4-1)
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Friday night, the Kansas City Royals will give the ball to Jason Vargas as they face the Toronto Blue Jays and J.A. Happ. Jason Vargas will be making his 12th start as J.A. Happ makes his 6th start and 9th appearance.
Jason Vargas pitched to a no-decision in his last start despite giving up just a run on 3 hits in 6.1 innings of work as he walked 5 and struck out 6. Coming into this start, Vargas has a record of 4 – 2 and an ERA of 3.55. Last season, Vargas posted a record of 9 – 8 with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts for the Los Angeles Angels.
In 2013, Vargas didn’t pitch against the Blue Jays but he has a start against Toronto this season. In that outing, he pitched to a no-decision after allowing 5 runs on 10 hits (including a home run) in 6.1 innings. Vargas didn’t issue a walk as he struck out 5.
J.A. Happ picked up his 3rd straight win in his last outing and that boosted his record to 4 – 1 with an ERA of 3.34. In that start, Happ pitched 7 innings of scoreless ball and allowed just 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7. The start allowed Happ to lower his ERA by over a full run. Last season, Happ was 5 - 7 with a 4.56 ERA in 18 starts.
In 2013, Happ was 1 – 1 with an ERA of 7.00 in 2 starts against the Royals. Happ will have to pitch carefully to Kansas City’s Norichika Aoki since Aoki is 4 of 7 with a home run and 2 RBIs against the left-hander.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 23-25-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is -0.2
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 30-22-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0.6
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
05/28/14 C Salvador Perez Rest questionable
05/28/14 P Yordano Ventura Elbow is downgraded to expected to miss next scheduled start
05/27/14 3B Danny Valencia Hand out indefinitely
05/02/14 P Bruce Chen Back 15-day DL (4/25)
04/09/14 P Francisley Bueno Finger 15-day DL (4/7)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
Toronto Blue Jays
05/15/14 CF Colby Rasmus Hamstring 15-day DL (5/13)
05/12/14 P Sergio Santos Forearm 15-day DL (5/11)
05/04/14 P Brandon Morrow Hand 60-day DL (5/3)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
Josh's Pick: Take Toronto
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