Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals: Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 06, 2022

The Toronto Blue Jays head out on the road again Monday as they visit the rebuilding Kansas City Royals.

Toronto
92-70
AT
June 06, 2022, 8:10 PM ET
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City
65-97
Runline -1.5 -150
Moneyline -220
Over / Under o +10

95%

Betting Action

5%

Runline +1.5 +120
Moneyline +185
Over / Under u +10

95%

Betting Action

5%

The Jays are -180 favourites on the MLB odds for the series opener behind Ross Stripling.

Jays vs. Royals Betting Analysis

Interesting scheduling for the Blue Jays as they are in the midst of 12 straight games against AL Central opponents – the first six were at home vs. the White Sox and Twins and then this lone visit of the year to Kansas City followed by a swing to Detroit. The Royals will visit Toronto right before the All-Star break.

The Royals won the World Series in 2015 but haven’t had a winning record since as finances have essentially caught up with the small-market franchise. This is probably the worst team in the AL Central, although Kansas City does have an AL Rookie of the Year candidate in infielder Bobby Witt Jr., the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.

Toronto was 4-3 in the 2021 series but 1-3 in Kansas City. George Springer played in only three of the games but was 6-for-13 with two homers, three doubles and five RBIs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit .350 with two solo homers and a 1.335 OPS. Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez had three homers in the series – he tied for the MLB lead in homers last year with Guerrero Jr. – but hit just .179. Carlos Santana hit .174 and Andrew Benintendi .136.

The Jays are 8-3 in the past 11 meetings. The under is 6-0 in the previous six.

Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto comes off losing two of three at home to the Minnesota Twins over the weekend. Kevin Gausman had an unusually poor outing in Sunday’s defeat. George Springer went 2-for-5 and hit his 50th career leadoff homer Sunday and seventh this year – that’s already a franchise record. Matt Chapman hit his seventh homer of the year, ending a 15-game homerless drought. All of his home runs have come at home. Rather strangely, the Jays are now 0-2 in games they hit four homers in 2022. Right-hander Ross Stripling (1-1, 4.22 ERA) is on the mound Monday. He pitched 2.2 innings of relief last time out vs. the White Sox but is needed in the rotation with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the injured list. Stripling is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 6.1 career innings against the Royals. The Jays are 5-0 in their past five road games.

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City hasn’t won back-to-back games since May 17-18 and can’t Monday, either, as it comes off a 7-4 home loss to Houston on Sunday. Outfielder Andrew Benintendi was pulled from that game in the eighth inning due to tightness in his calf so he’s obviously in question. He leads all regulars on the team with a .321 average and .384 on-base percentage. Star catcher Salvador Perez is hitting .199 on the year but has homered in back-to-back games. This isn’t a great offensive team, ranking 26th in runs scored. It’s lefty Daniel Lynch (2-4, 4.81 ERA) on the mound. He was shelled for six runs and nine hits over four innings last time out in Cleveland. This will be his second career start vs. Toronto as he lost on July 30, 2021, when he allowed three runs in 6.0 innings. Teoscar Hernandez is 1-for-3 off him with a solo shot. The Royals are 7-19 in their past 26 as home dogs.

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