Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/28/2014
Thursday, May 29, 7:07 PM on FSKC, RSN
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Kansas City Royals - Shields, J (6-3) vs. Toronto Blue Jays - Dickey, R (5-4)
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Thursday night, the Kansas City Royals and James Shields will take on the Toronto Blue Jays and R.A. Dickey. Both pitchers will be making their 12th starts of the season.
James Shields pitched to a no-decision in his last outing and that left his record at 6 – 3 with an ERA of 2.95 coming into this start. In his last start, Shields allowed 4 runs on 9 hits (including 2 homers) in 6 innings of work. He walked 2 while striking out 4. Last season, Shields went 13 – 9 with a 3.15 ERA in 34 starts.
In 2013, Shields was 1 – 1 with a 1.69 ERA in 2 starts against the Blue Jays. But Shields might want to pitch around Toronto’s Adam Lind. Lind is batting .255 with 5 home runs and 8 RBIs against Shields.
R.A. Dickey improved his record to 5 – 4 with an ERA of 3.95 after getting a win in his last start. In that outing, Dickey surrendered 2 runs on 5 hits (including a home run) in 8.1 innings of work. Dickey issued a walk as he struck out 4. Last season, Dickey was 14 – 13 with a 4.21 ERA in 34 starts.
In 2013, Dickey was 2 – 0 with a 1.88 ERA in 2 starts against the Royals. His biggest concern could be facing Omar Infante as Infante is batting .516 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs against the knuckleballer.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 23-24-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Kansas City Royals is -0.1
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 29-22-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0.5
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
05/27/14 3B Danny Valencia Hand out indefinitely
05/26/14 P Yordano Ventura Elbow questionable
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)
Tony's Pick: Take Kansas City
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