The Toronto Blue Jays go to Kansas City battle the Royals in a four-game set Monday evening. Both teams were expected to make the playoffs, with the Blue Jays given a better chance, but I don’t expected both to be as far out of the playoff chase as they are. The Blue Jays are 28 games out of first place in the A.L. East and the Kansas City Royals are 29 games behind in the A.L. Central. That’s a combined total of 57 games out of first place. The silly thing is that Toronto actually 17 more wins than the Royals, but are only one fewer game out of first place. Now you see just how good the Boston Redsox have been, and although the how the Indians, are leading the A.L. Central they are just average this season.
- Royals are 7-25 in their last 32 vs. American League East.
- Royals are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Royals are 3-8 in Keller’s last 11 starts.
- Blue Jays are 19-7 in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Blue Jays are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings
Toronto starts a pitcher making his debut, and Kansas City goes with inconsistent Brad Keller. Runs will be scored, but the total is a little high, so the Royals are the value pick here. They’re winning 56 percent of my simulations, and at an underdog price.
Prediction: KANSAS CITY +110