Toronto Blue Jays vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 4/17/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-123) Kansas City (+113)
Robbie Ray and the Toronto Blue Jays (6-7, 2nd in AL East) head to Kauffman Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Kansas City Royals (7-4, 1st in AL Central). The odds on this game have the Blue Jays priced at -123 and the Royals are at +113. The total has been set at 9. The starting pitchers will be Robbie Ray and Brady Singer.
As a squad, the Toronto Blue Jays are notching 4.5 runs per game, which has them at 13th in the league. They have earned a total of 59 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .313. The Blue Jays have hit 15 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 17 balls out of the park. They have accounted for 53 runs batted in as well as 106 base knocks over the course of the season, and their team batting average sits at .239. Toronto has a slugging rate of .392 and have been called out on strikes 125 times, while being walked on 40 occasions.
The Blue Jays have a team earned run average of 3.18 over the course of the season (8th in the league), and their staff has struck out 110 hitters. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.82 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.19. Blue Jays pitchers have allowed 15 home runs in addition to 51 runs (11th in baseball). They have walked 39 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 4.03 as a unit on the year.
Blue Jays pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 15 times as well as having 19 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have notched 3 holds so far this season (26th in baseball). The Blue Jays relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 75.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 8 save situations. They have 3 saves so far this year and have blown 1 of their 4 chances to get a save. The relief pitchers have inherited 19 runners on the year with 42.1% of those runners ended up scoring. The Blue Jays have dispatched 46 relief pitchers to the mound over the course of the season.
Ray has thrown 847 innings and has 1,045 strikeouts so far in his career. His ERA is 4.26 (401 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.383. He has given up 768 base knocks (8.2 hits per 9 innings) with 404 walks. Ray (49-52 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.14 while he has gone up against 3,665 opposing batters during his time in the major leagues.
The Kansas City Royals are sitting with an on-base percentage of .313 as well as a batting average of .247 over the course of the season. They have struck out on 108 occasions (21st in MLB) and have accounted for 90 base hits. Kansas City has accounted for 11 HRs so far this year and 51 RBIs. The Royals have a SLG% of .389 and they have an average of 5.09 runs per outing (5th in MLB). They have notched 15 doubles, while walking 35 times as well as notching 56 runs.
The Royals have a team WHIP of 1.459 in addition to having a FIP of 4.12 as a unit for the year. Their K/BB ratio is 2.20 (101 strikeouts vs 46 bases on balls). They are currently ranked 15th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 97. They have allowed 11 long balls and they concede 4.78 runs per 9 innings (17th in MLB). The Kansas City pitching staff have conceded 52 runs on the season while holding an ERA of 4.32 (47 earned runs surrendered).
Sitting with 16 save situations, the Royals have earned 9 holds in addition to 2 blown saves. Kansas City has called on relievers to enter the game in 7 save opportunities and they have converted 5 saves. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 15 times in high leverage situations and on 16 occasions with runners on. Kansas City relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 17.9% of 28 inherited base runners. They rank 13th in the league holding a save percentage of 71.4%, and they have sent 44 relief pitchers onto the field this season.
In his career, Singer has given up 64 base knocks while accumulating 72 K's in 72 innings pitched. Singer (4-7 career record) has earned a 4.33 ERA and has allowed 7.9 hits per nine innings. He has surrendered a total of 35 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.239 and a FIP of 4.0. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.77 and he has gone up against 303 hitters so far in his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (+113)
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