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Royals vs Blue Jays Odds, Betting Lines, and Probable Pitchers

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in MLB Baseball

Jul 30, 2021 · 9:41 PM PDT

Blue Jays players celebrating
Toronto Blue Jays players celebrate after the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. The Blue Jays won 5-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
  • The Toronto Blue Jays are -220 home favorites over the Kansas City Royals in an American League game on Saturday, July 31
  • Toronto beat KC 6-4 on Friday in the game played at Rogers Centre since September 29, 2019
  • The Royals haven’t won a game in Toronto since June 30, 2019 – see who we like in this matchup below

The Toronto Blue Jays (52-48, 23-22 home) finally have a decided home-field advantage again, as the Kansas City Royals (45-57, 17-32) found out Friday.

Playing their first game at Rogers Center in 670 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blue Jays downed the Royals 6-4. It was the first MLB game played in Canada since September 29, 2019. Toronto is unbeaten in Canada over the past 671 days.

The Jays will look to make it 672 and oddsmakers are of the opinion that they will. Toronto is the -220 favorite to defeat the Royals on Saturday afternoon. Among AL teams, only the Texas Rangers (13) have won fewer road games than the Royals (17).

Saturday’s game will be the second of an 11-game homestand for Toronto.

Royals vs Blue Jays Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total
Kansas City Royals +180 +1.5 (+100) O 10.5 (-105)
Toronto Blue Jays -220 -1.5 (-120) U 10.5 (-115)

Odds as of July 30 at DraftKings

First pitch on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre is slated for 3:07pm ET. Rain is in the forecast, so expect the roof to be closed. There will be 1 mph wind and a temperature of 62 degrees.

Minor vs Manoah

Mike Minor
Alek Manoah

8-8 Record 2-1
5.32 ERA 2.90
4.36 xERA 3.23
1.27 WHIP 1.06
3.19 SO/W Ratio 3.57

Royals left-hander Mike Minor leads the AL with 21 games started. He’s also quite adept at factoring in the outcome. Minor has figured in the decision in each of his last 10 starts.

He’s won his last two decisions to pull back to .500 on the season. Minor also worked at least six innings in three of his past four trips to the mound. However, Minor’s ERA has jumped from 4.48 to 5.32 over his past six starts.

Minor took a 5-1 setback against the Blue Jays on April 11. Overall, though, he’s 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in his career against Toronto.

Blue Jays right-hander Manoah was displaying plenty of promise prior to going on the IL. He’ll make his first start since being activated on Saturday. Manoah suffered a right back contusion when he slipped and fell on the dugout steps in Buffalo.

Manoah has struck out 52 against just 15 walks in 40.1 innings pitched. That’s an average of 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

The Blue Jays have won five of his eight big-league starts. Manoah’s .184 xBA rates him among the top 6% in the league.

He’d settled in nicely as Toronto’s third starter behind Hyun-Jin Ryuh and Robbie Ray prior to his mishap on the stairs.

Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers

Blue Jays Batters Batting Average vs Minor Royals Batters Batting Average vs Manoah
Bo Bichette .000 Hanser Alberto .000
Cavan Biggio .000 Andrew Benintendi .000
Santiago Espinal .000 Hunter Dozier .000
Randal Grichuk .364 Jarrod Dyson .000
Vladimir Guerrero Jr .333 Lucius Fox .000
Lourdes Gurriel Jr .333 Cam Gallagher .000
Teoscar Hernandez .167 Nicky Lopez .000
Alejandro Kirk .333 Whit Merrifield .000
Reese McGuire .000 Ryan O’Hearn .000
Marcus Semien .143 Salvador Perez .000
George Springer .375 Carlos Santana .000
Breyvic Valera .000 Michael A Taylor .000

Several Blue Jays players have enjoyed their plate appearances against Minor. Outfielder George Springer is 9-for-24 (.375) with a home run and two RBI. Fellow outfielder Randal Grichuk is 4-for-11 (.364).

First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr is 2-for-6 (.333) with a solo homer. Guerrero went 5-for-13 with a pair of homers when the Jays faced Kansas City in April.

Catcher Alejandro Kirk and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel are both 1-for-3 (.333).

No Royals batter has ever faced Manoah.

Royals vs Blue Jays Pick

The Royals couldn’t have been pleased when they got the word from MLB that they’d be the first team to visit Toronto since baseball paused for COVID-19 last year. Toronto was forced to relocate south of the border. The Blue Jays ended up playing the majority of their home games at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field.

The Blue Jays are the first big-league team to play home games in three different cities (Toronto, Buffalo, Dunedin) since Detroit and Cleveland did it in 1903.

Kansas City has lost seven of eight at Toronto. Overall, the Royals are 6-12 in their last 18 against the Blue Jays.

Pick: Toronto Blue Jays (-190).

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