Toronto Blue Jays at Kansas City Royals Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/29/2014
Wednesday, April 30, 8:10 PM on RSN, FSKC
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Toronto Blue Jays - Hutchison, D (1-1) vs. Kansas City Royals - Chen, B (1-2)
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Wednesday night, Drew Hutchison gets the nod for the Toronto Blue Jays as Bruce Chen starts for the Kansas City Royals. Hutchison makes his 6th start as Chen makes his 5th.
Drew Hutchison has pitched three straight no decisions including his last start where he pitched a solid 6 innings and surrendered 2 runs on 6 hits (including a home run) with a walk and 9 strikeouts. This season, Hutchison is 1 - 1 with an ERA of 3.46. The right-hander is still making his way back from Tommy John surgery and his numbers are in line with what they were in his last full season in 2012.
Even after missing a season, Hutchison still has some experience against some of the hitters he is facing. He has seen 5 of the hitters on the Kansas City roster. Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer is 1 of 3 with a home run and 2 RBIs against Hutchison.
Bruce Chen hasn’t looked good at all this season and one look at his 1 - 2 record and 7.45 ERA prove that. His last start was brutal as he allowed 5 runs (all earned) on 6 hits in just 4.1 innings as he walked 1 and struck out 2. Last season, Chen was a respectable 9 – 4 with an ERA of 3.27 in 15 starts and 19 relief appearances.
In 2013, Chen didn’t face the Blue Jays but he has faced many of the Toronto hitters. He will have to pitch carefully to Toronto’s Melky Cabrera as Cabrera is 2 for 3 when facing the Kansas City left-hander.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 14-11-0 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 10-13-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.2
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
04/19/14 1B Adam Lind Back 15-day DL (4/16)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
03/31/14 P Casey Janssen Shoulder 15-day DL (3/29)
Kansas City Royals
04/18/14 CF Lorenzo Cain Groin 15-day DL (4/17)
04/09/14 P Francisley Bueno Finger 15-day DL (4/7)
04/09/14 P Tim Collins Elbow 15-day DL (4/7)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take Toronto
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