Kansas City Royals @ Toronto Blue Jays Free Prediction July 30th

Tonight the Toronto Blue Jays host the Kansas City Royals in game 1 of their 4 game series.

 Kansas City Royals (61-39) @ Toronto Blue Jays (51-51)

The Toronto Blue Jays snapped a 2 game slide with a 8-2 win at home versus Philadelphia last night. Starter R.A. Dickey got the win as he pitched 8 innings while not allowing an earned run on 7 hits. He struck out 4 and walked 1 batter. He threw 103 pitches in the game. He is now 5-10 on the season. Reliever Bo Schultz pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. He struck out 1 batter. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made his Blue Jays debut as he hit his 13th home run of the season. He was 3 for 5 with 3 runs batted in and 3 runs scored. He now has 56 rbis on the season. He hit 2 doubles in the game to ring up his doubles to 21 on the season. He struck out 1 time. Designated hitter Jose Bautista was 2 for 5 with 1 run batted in and 1 run scored. He now has 67 rbis on the season. 2nd baseman Ryan Goins was 2 for 3 with 1 run batted in and 2 runs scored. The rbi was his 26th of the season. He hit his 9th double of the season. He also walked 1 time. Center-fielder Kevin Pillar was 1 for 3 with 1 run batted in and 1 run scored. The rbi was his 38th of the season. Catcher Russell Martin was 1 for 4 with 1 run batted in. The rbi was his 48th of the season. He hit his 19th double of the season. 1st baseman Chris Colabello was 1 for 4 with 1 run batted in. The rbi was his 39th of the season. Right-fielder Ezequiel Carrera was 2 for 3 with 1 run scored. 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson was 2 for 5. Left-fielder Danny Valencia was 2 for 4. He struck out 2 times. The Blue Jays had 16 hits in the game. This evening their starting pitcher is right-handed Marco Estrada. Estrada is 7-6 with a 3.55 era and 78 strikeouts in 99 innings pitched. He’s made 15 starts this season. In his last start, a loss on July 24th at Seattle, he pitched 4 innings while giving up 5 earned runs on 8 hits. He struck out 4 batters and walked 3. He threw 94 pitches in the game. He has lost 3 of his last 5 starts. The Kansas City Royals had their 4 game winning streak snapped with a 12-1 defeat at Cleveland yesterday. Starter Jeremy Guthrie was saddled with the loss as he pitched 5.1 innings while allowing 7 earned runs on 10 hits. He gave up 3 home runs in the game. He struck out 3 and walked 1 batter. He is now 7-7 on the season. Reliever Franklin Morales pitched 1.2 innings while not allowing an earned run on 2 hits. He struck out 3 and walked 1 batter. Reliever Luke Hochevar pitched 1 inning while allowing 4 earned runs on 6 hits. He gave up 1 home run. He struck out 1 batter. 1st baseman Eric Hosmer was 2 for 4. He hit 2 doubles in the game. He now has 21 doubles on the season. 2nd baseman Omar Infante wad 2 for 3. He struck out 1 time. Right-fielder Alex Rios was 0 for 4 with 1 run batted in. The rbi was his 16th of the season. He struck out 1 time. The Royals had 5 hits in the game. Tonight their starting pitcher is left-handed Danny Duffy. Duffy is 4-4 with a 4.03 era and 48 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched. He’s made 14 starts this season. In his last start, a no-decision on July 25th at home versus the Houston Astros, he pitched 6 innings while allowing 1 earned run on 3 hits. He struck out 3 and walked 1 batter. He threw 101 pitches in the game. This is his 5th season in MLB, all 5 with the Royals. He has a career record of 21-26 with a 3.74 era.

Toronto is 29-20 at home this season. They have scored 538 runs and allowed 438 runs on the season. Kansas City is 27-21 on the road this season. They have scored 432 runs and allowed 367 runs on the season.

This is the 4th meeting of the season between the Blue Jays and the Royals. The Royals have 2 of the first 3 meetings. Including tonight the 2 teams play 4 more times this season.

Prediction: Troy Tulowitzki made quite the impact in his Jays debut last night and it wouldn’t surprise me if the combination of his hitting and Marco Estrada’s pitching takes down the Royals.

Take the Blue Jays 1.68 (Bet365)

July 30, 2015 by : Posted in Baseball No Comments
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