Kansas City Royals vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 7/31/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021
Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+185) Toronto (-250)
Rogers Centre is the venue where Alek Manoah and the Toronto Blue Jays (51-48, 4th in AL East) will take on the Kansas City Royals (45-56, 4th in AL Central) on Saturday. The Royals open this matchup at +185 while the Blue Jays are coming in at -250. The O/U has been set at 10. The pitchers taking the mound will be Mike Minor and Alek Manoah.
The Royals have compiled 148 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 106 balls out of the stadium. Kansas City has a slugging % of .395 and have been called out on strikes 817 times, while being walked on 272 occasions. As a unit, the Kansas City Royals are notching 4.2 runs per game, which has them sitting at 21st in the league. They have recorded 401 runs batted in and 817 base knocks so far this year, and their team batting average sits at .244. They have a total of 423 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .305.
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The Royals are sitting with a team earned run average of 4.93 on the season (26th in baseball), and the staff has struck out 868 batters. They have walked 385 hitters and their FIP sits at 4.44 as a unit for the season. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.25 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.43. Royals pitchers have given up 122 long balls and 505 total runs (23rd in the league).
The Royals have sent 340 relievers to the hill so far this season. The relievers have inherited 144 runners so far this year with 27.8% of them earned a run for their team. They have accumulated 23 saves on the year and have blown 16 of their 39 save opportunities. The Royals relief pitchers have accumulated a save rate of 59.0% and has come into the game in 91 save situations. The relief pitchers have notched 52 holds for the year (13th in the league). Royals pitchers have entered the contest with opponents on base 92 times in addition to having 84 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Royals have converted 67.7% of balls hit into play into outs in their 7,884 innings, which has them sitting 28th in baseball. The Kansas City Royals have accounted for 2,628 putouts this season, as well as 874 assists and 57 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .984 which has them ranked 17th in MLB, and have accumulated 687 double plays.
Minor has thrown 1,270 frames and has accumulated 1,163 strikeouts so far in his career. His earned run average is 4.11 (580 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.228. He has conceded 1,189 base knocks (8.4 hits per nine innings) with 371 free passes. Minor (79-74 career mark) has a FIP of 4.00 while he has faced 5,279 hitters in the majors.
The Blue Jays hold a team slugging percentage of .457 and they average 5.18 runs per contest (2nd in the league). They have notched 172 doubles, while getting a free base 295 times as well as notching 513 runs. Toronto has 153 home runs so far this year and 491 runs batted in. They have struck out on 799 instances (29th in MLB) and have tallied 893 base hits. The Toronto Blue Jays have an on-base percentage of .328 as well as a batting average of .266 on the year.
The Blue Jays have a team WHIP of 1.267 in addition to having a FIP of 4.32 as a unit on the year. They are currently ranked 11th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 774. The Toronto pitching staff have relinquished 416 runs over the course of the season and come in with a team ERA of 4.00 (380 earned runs allowed). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.94 (904 strikeouts against 308 bases on balls). They have relinquished 135 long balls and they relinquish 4.38 runs per 9 innings (12th in baseball).
Toronto has called on relievers to enter the contest in 29 save opportunities and they have come away with 17 saves. They are ranked 19th in baseball with a save percentage of 58.6%, and they have sent 340 relief pitchers to the hill for the season. Their relief pitchers have come in 94 times in high leverage situations and on 115 occasions with runners on base. Toronto relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 24.7% out of their 166 inherited runners. With 74 save situations, the Blue Jays have compiled 42 holds and also 12 blown saves.
In 7,692 innings on the diamond, the Blue Jays hold a defensive efficiency of 69.6% (16th in MLB). The Toronto Blue Jays have twisted 75 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .982 (25th in pro baseball). The Blue Jays have 874 assists, 62 errors and have accumulated 2,564 putouts so far this year.
Manoah (2-1 career win-loss record) has a 2.90 earned run average while allowing 6.2 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.47 and he has gone up against 168 hitters so far in his pro baseball career. He has given up a total of 13 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.066 and a FIP of 4.3. During his MLB career, Manoah has surrendered 28 hits and he has 52 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-250)
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