Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays 4/18/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Ian Kennedy vs. Aaron Sanchez
The Kansas City Royals head to Rogers Centre on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The expected starting pitchers are Ian Kennedy for the Royals and Aaron Sanchez for the Blue Jays.
The odds for this matchup have Kansas City at +175 and Toronto at -186. The Royals have a 4-9-0 over/under mark and a 5-8-0 run line record. The Blue Jays are 8-6-0 against the run line and have a 6-8-0 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 4-9-0 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 5-8-0 against the run line
Important Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 6-8-0 against the over/under
The Toronto Blue Jays are 8-6-0 against the run line
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
04/11/18 LF Alex Gordon Hip 10-day DL (04/09)
03/30/18 SS Adalberto Mondesi Shoulder 10-day DL (03/26)
03/30/18 P Nathan Karns Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/28/18 C Salvador Perez Knee 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 CF Bubba Starling Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day DL (03/06)
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
04/13/18 3B Josh Donaldson Shoulder 10-day DL (04/13)
04/11/18 DH Kendrys Morales Hamstring 10-day DL (04/10)
03/29/18 CF Anthony Alford Hamstring 10-day DL (03/26)
03/29/18 CF Dalton Pompey Wrist 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 SS Troy Tulowitzki Foot 60-day DL (03/29)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 3-10 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 1.00 and a WHIP of 1.06 this year. He has 16 strikeouts over his 18 innings pitched and he's given up 15 hits. He allows 7.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.7. The bullpen has an earned run average of 6.26 and they have given up 39 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the bullpen and they've struck out 30 hitters and walked 17 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.41. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 103 base hits and 56 earned runs. They have allowed 16 home runs this season, ranking them 17th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 40 batters and struck out 90. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 4.57.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .231, good for 22nd in the league. The Royals hold a .325 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .298, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 7.5 hits per game. Mike Moustakas is hitting .327 with an on-base percentage of .352. He has 17 hits this season in 52 at bats with 9 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .596 and an OPS+ of 158. Lucas Duda is hitting .282 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .349. He has totaled 11 hits and he has driven in 8 men in 39 at bats. His OPS+ is 117 while his slugging percentage is at .436. The Royals have 98 hits, including 19 doubles and 5 home runs. Kansas City has walked 36 times so far this season and they have struck out 96 times as a unit. They have left 84 men on base and have a team OPS of .623. They score 3 runs per contest and have scored a total of 39 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Toronto has a 9-5 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.66, Aaron Sanchez has a 1-1 record and a 1.42 WHIP this season. He has 13 strikeouts over the 19.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 17 hits. He allows 7.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.56. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.38 and they have given up 42 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 against the Blue Jays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 48 batters and walked 10 opposing hitters. As a team, Toronto allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 117 base knocks and 52 earned runs this season. They have given up 16 home runs this year, which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. Toronto as a staff has walked 47 hitters and struck out 126 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.09.
As a team, they are batting .228, good for 23rd in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .417 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 7.6 hits per contest. Kevin Pillar comes into this matchup batting .308 with an OBP of .333. He has 16 hits this year along with 5 RBI in 52 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .462 with an OPS+ of 119. Justin Smoak is hitting .269 this season and he has an OBP of .381. He has collected 14 hits in 52 at bats while driving in 10 runs. He has an OPS+ of 134 and a slugging percentage of .462. The Blue Jays as a unit have 106 base hits, including 24 doubles and 20 homers. Toronto has walked 50 times this year and they have struck out on 130 occasions. They have had 85 men left on base and have an OPS of .725. They have scored 5.14 runs per game and totaled 72 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Blue Jays MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals +175
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