Toronto Blue Jays vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 4/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-130) Kansas City (+120)
Brady Singer and the Kansas City Royals (7-5, 1st in AL Central) host the Toronto Blue Jays (7-7, 2nd in AL East) at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday. The moneyline on this contest has the Blue Jays coming in at -130 and the Royals are at +120. The total is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers are Robbie Ray and Brady Singer.
As a team, the Toronto Blue Jays are scoring 4.5 runs per game, which puts them at 13th in baseball. They have accounted for 59 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .313. The Blue Jays have tallied 15 two-baggers as a team and have smacked 17 baseballs out of the park. They have 53 RBI's in addition to 106 base knocks on the year, and their team batting average comes in at .239. Toronto is slugging .392 and have struck out 125 times, while drawing a walk on 40 occasions.
The Blue Jays have a team ERA of 3.18 so far this year (7th in the league), and the staff has struck out 110 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 39 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 4.04 as a team so far this year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.82 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.19. Blue Jays pitchers have relinquished 15 home runs in addition to 51 runs (8th in MLB).
The Blue Jays have sent 46 relievers to the hill over the course of the season. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 19 base runners for the year and 42.1% of those runners ended up scoring. They have earned 3 saves on the year and have blown 1 out of their 4 save opportunities. The Blue Jays relievers have a save percentage of 75.0% and has entered the game in 8 save situations. The relievers have notched 3 holds on the season (27th in MLB). Blue Jays bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 15 times in addition to having 19 appearances in high leverage situations.
Ray (49-52 win-loss mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.14 and he has gone up against 3,665 opposing batters in the majors. He has given up 768 hits (8.2 hits per nine innings) and has had 404 free passes. His earned run average is 4.26 (401 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.383. Ray has pitched in 847 frames and has tallied 1,045 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career.
Kansas City has 11 home runs on the campaign to go along with 51 runs batted in. They have put up 15 two-baggers, while getting a free base 35 times as well as earning 56 runs. The Kansas City Royals have recorded an on-base percentage of .313 and a team batting average of .247 for the year. The Royals hold a team SLG% of .389 and they are recording 5.09 runs per game (6th in the league). They have been rung up on 108 occasions (25th in the league) and have accounted for 90 hits.
The Kansas City pitching staff have conceded 52 runs over the course of the season and come in with a team ERA of 4.32 (47 earned runs surrendered). They have given up 11 dingers and they surrender 4.78 runs per 9 innings (18th in baseball). The Royals are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.459 in addition to having a FIP of 4.13 as a pitching staff this season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.20 (101 strikeouts against 46 walks). They are currently ranked 10th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 97.
Sitting with 16 save situations, the Royals have accrued 9 holds in addition to 2 blown saves. Kansas City has called on relief pitchers to enter the game in 7 save chances and they have walked away with 5 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 15 times in high leverage situations and on 16 occasions with base runners. Kansas City relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 17.9% of 28 inherited base runners. They are ranked 11th in MLB with a save percentage of 71.4%, and they have sent 44 relievers to the hill on the campaign.
Singer (4-7 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a 4.33 earned run average and has surrendered 7.9 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.77 and he has faced 303 opposing batters so far in his career. He has given up a total of 35 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.239 and having a FIP of 4.0. So far in his career, Singer has given up 64 hits while he has totaled 72 K's in 72 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kansas City (+120)
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