Kansas City Royals vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 8/1/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Sunday, August 1, 2021
Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+220) Toronto (-303)
Rogers Centre is the venue where Tom Hatch and the Toronto Blue Jays (52-48, 4th in AL East) will take on the Kansas City Royals (45-57, 4th in AL Central) on Sunday. The Blue Jays open this matchup at -303 while the Royals are priced at +220. The over/under has been set at 10. The starting pitchers will be Brad Keller and Tom Hatch.
Kansas City has a slugging percentage of .395 and have been called out on strikes 821 times, while taking a walk on 273 occasions. They have accounted for 404 RBI's in addition to 824 base knocks for the season, and their team batting average is sitting at .244. The Royals have earned 149 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 107 baseballs out of the park. They have accumulated 427 runs scored while having a team on-base percentage of .304. As a squad, the Kansas City Royals are putting up 4.2 runs per game, which is 22nd in the league.
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The Royals hold a team earned run average of 4.95 for the season (26th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 871 hitters. They have walked 389 batters and their FIP is 4.47 as a team so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.24 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.43. Royals pitchers have surrendered 124 home runs and 511 runs in total (22nd in MLB).
The Royals have sent 342 relief pitchers to the hill this year. The relief pitchers have inherited 144 base runners so far this season with 27.8% of those players crossed home plate. They have earned 23 saves this year and have blown 16 of 39 save chances. The Royals relief pitchers have a save percentage of 59.0% and has come into the game in 91 save situations. The bullpen are sitting with 52 holds for the season (13th in baseball). Royals pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 92 times in addition to having 84 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Royals have converted 67.7% of balls in play into outs out of their 7,956 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 28th in pro baseball. The Kansas City Royals are sitting with 2,652 putouts for the season, in addition to 880 assists and 57 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .984 which puts them in 17th in the majors, and have 695 double plays.
Keller has taken the hill for 469 frames and has earned 346 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. Keller (28-32 win-loss record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.09 and he has faced 2,007 opposing hitters in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.97 (207 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.373. He has surrendered 455 base knocks (8.7 hits per 9 innings) with 189 free passes.
The Blue Jays hold a team slugging percentage of .458 and they earn 5.19 runs per contest (2nd in MLB). They have hit 174 doubles, while getting a free base 299 times as well as putting up 519 runs. Toronto is sitting with 155 HRs on the campaign to go along with 496 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 802 occasions (29th in the league) and have tallied 903 base knocks. The Toronto Blue Jays have compiled a team OBP of .329 as well as a batting average of .266 so far this year.
The Blue Jays have a WHIP of 1.263 in addition to having a FIP of 4.31 as a unit so far this year. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.94 (908 strikeouts vs 309 bases on balls). They are sitting at 10th in baseball as a staff in total hits conceded with 781. They have conceded 136 long balls and they give up 4.38 runs per 9 innings (12th in the league). The Toronto pitching staff have allowed 420 runs so far this season while holding a team ERA of 3.99 (383 earned runs conceded).
Toronto has had bullpen pitchers take the mound in 30 save chances and they have come away with 18 saves. They sit at 16th in MLB holding a save percentage of 60.0%, and they have sent 343 relievers onto the field on the campaign. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 94 times in high leverage situations in addition to 115 occasions with runners on. Toronto relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 24.7% of 166 inherited base runners. Sitting with 76 save situations, the Blue Jays have earned 43 holds and also 12 blown saves.
In their 7,773 innings on the field, the Blue Jays have earned a defensive efficiency of 69.7% (14th in the majors). The Toronto Blue Jays have turned 75 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .982 (25th in baseball). The Blue Jays have accrued 881 assists, 63 errors and are sitting with 2,591 putouts so far this season.
Hatch (3-1 career win-loss mark) holds a 3.30 ERA while conceding 7.5 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.93 and he has faced 128 hitters so far in his MLB career. He has surrendered 11 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.300 and having a FIP of 4.3. Thus far in his career, Hatch has surrendered 25 hits while he has totaled 27 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-303)
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