Toronto Blue Jays vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 4/15/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-104) Kansas City (-106)
Kauffman Stadium is the site where Jakob Junis and the Kansas City Royals (5-4, 2nd in AL Central) will take on the Toronto Blue Jays (5-6, 5th in AL East) on Thursday. The Blue Jays open this contest at -104 while the Royals are coming in at -106. The total opens at 9. The starting pitchers are Steven Matz and Jakob Junis.
Toronto is slugging .363 and have been rung up 111 times, while drawing a walk on 35 occasions. They have accounted for 44 RBI's as well as 84 base knocks on the year, and their team batting average is sitting at .224. The Blue Jays have compiled 13 doubles as a team and have smacked 13 baseballs out of the stadium. They have racked up 49 runs while holding a team OBP of .301. As a team, the Toronto Blue Jays are compiling 4.5 runs per outing, which puts them at 13th in the league.
The Blue Jays have compiled a team ERA of 3.00 this year (5th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 101 hitters. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.89 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.20. Blue Jays pitchers have yielded 13 home runs and also 40 runs in total (23rd in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 35 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.99 as a unit this year.
The Blue Jays have sent 41 relief pitchers to the hill so far this year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 18 base runners on the year and 38.9% of those players crossed home plate. They have tallied 3 saves so far this year and have missed out on 1 out of their 4 chances to save the game. The Blue Jays relievers have accumulated a save rate of 75.0% and has entered the game in 8 save situations. The relievers have recorded 3 holds for the year (24th in baseball). Blue Jays relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 14 times as well as having 17 appearances in high leverage situations.
Matz has pitched in 592 innings and is sitting with 565 punch outs in his career. His ERA is 4.29 (282 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.311. He has surrendered 592 hits (9.0 hits per nine innings) and has had 184 walks. Matz (33-41 career record) holds a FIP of 4.46 while facing 2,528 opposing hitters in the majors.
Kansas City has hit 9 home runs so far this season as well as 41 RBIs. They have put up 9 two-baggers, while getting a free base 32 times and scoring 43 runs. The Kansas City Royals hold an on-base percentage of .311 in addition to a batting average of .234 for the season. The Royals hold a team slugging percentage of .361 and they earn 4.78 runs per contest (9th in MLB). They have struck out on 94 occasions (21st in baseball) and have a total of 70 base hits.
The Royals are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.538 in addition to having a FIP of 4.37 as a unit so far this year. They are currently ranked 18th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 81. The Kansas City pitching staff have conceded 46 runs so far this season while having an ERA of 4.61 (41 earned runs conceded). Their K/BB ratio is 2.02 (85 strikeouts against 42 bases on balls). They have conceded 10 long balls and they concede 5.18 runs per 9 innings (19th in the league).
With 12 save situations, the Royals have tallied 6 holds in addition to 2 blown saves. Kansas City has had relief pitchers enter the game in 6 save opportunities and they have walked away with 4 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 11 times in high leverage situations and on 13 occasions with runners on. Kansas City bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 9.1% out of their 22 inherited runners. They are currently ranked 12th in the league with a save rate of 66.7%, and they have dispatched 38 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond on the campaign.
So far in his MLB career, Junis has allowed 513 base knocks while totaling 436 K's in 483 frames. He has given up a total of 253 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.340 and a FIP of 4.7. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.25 and he has gone up against 2,090 hitters so far in his career. Junis (27-31 career mark) holds a 4.71 ERA and has given up 9.6 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-104)
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