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MLB : ATS Matchup

KANSAS CITY (3 - 10) at TORONTO (9 - 5)
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Monday, 4/16/2018 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
915KANSAS CITY+165Ov 8.5,-110+190Ov 9,-115
916TORONTO-175Un 8.5,-110-210Un 9,-105
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games3-10-6.24-93.00.2310.2910.3250.6154.50.2360.3000.3810.681
Road Games2-3+0.10-51.20.1960.2450.2680.5132.40.1740.2380.2390.477
vs Left-handed Starters2-3-11-43.60.2470.3020.3310.6333.00.2120.2630.2870.551
Past 7 Games1-6-53-43.40.2660.3260.3670.6934.60.2450.3060.4140.720
Night Games1-5-4.13-34.00.2570.3300.3660.6974.80.2650.3170.4410.758
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.00.2310.291134259819350.32535369648414877
Road Games1.20.1960.2455153304210.268610332257514
Lefty Starters3.60.2470.3025166419110.3311613351344341
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games6.271.34441.7312939717300-42340%
Road Games2.130.86912.74371480-12166.7%

TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games9-5+35-85.10.2300.3050.4090.7133.80.2480.3170.3970.714
Home Games4-3-0.12-55.10.2370.3070.4300.7374.00.2200.2900.4090.700
vs Left-handed Starters3-1+1.62-25.20.2380.3170.4230.7404.20.2560.3310.4060.737
Past 7 Games5-2+3.13-35.10.2240.3030.3880.6913.60.2750.3420.3860.728
Turf Games4-3-0.12-55.10.2370.3070.4300.7374.00.2200.2900.4090.700
Night Games6-4+13-65.20.2200.2960.4130.7093.60.2620.3230.3950.718
TORONTO - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.10.2300.30514465107222190.409685013068599213
Home Games5.10.2370.30772285415190.43034236734028132
Lefty Starters5.20.2380.3174130314160.4231915352225040
TORONTO - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games2.381.14745.3121242510484-160100%
Home Games2.310.98623.3661657263-130100%
KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/2/2018HAMMEL(R)@ DETROITLIRIANO(L)1-6L1008.5 evU5511080
4/3/2018JUNIS(R)@ DETROITBOYD(L)1-0W1008.5 unU541340
4/6/2018DUFFY(L)@ CLEVELANDCARRASCO(R)2-3L2107.5 unU761470
4/7/2018KENNEDY(R)@ CLEVELANDBAUER(R)1-0W2157.5 evU341661
4/8/2018HAMMEL(R)@ CLEVELANDCLEVINGER(R)1-3L1907.5 ovU1061460
4/9/2018JUNIS(R)SEATTLEGONZALES(L)10-0W-1057.5 evO13100251
4/10/2018SKOGLUND(L)SEATTLEHERNANDEZ(R)3-8L-1058.5 evO761980
4/11/2018DUFFY(L)SEATTLEPAXTON(L)2-4L+1309 unU781652
4/12/2018KENNEDY(R)LA ANGELSTROPEANO(R)1-7L+1359.5 ovU98015110
4/13/2018HAMMEL(R)LA ANGELSHEANEY(L)4-5L+1459.5 ovU11701391
4/14/2018JUNIS(R)LA ANGELSRICHARDS(R)3-5L+1507.5 ovO671970
4/20/2018 @ DETROIT  
4/21/2018 @ DETROIT  
4/22/2018 @ DETROIT  

TORONTO - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/2/2018GARCIA(L)CHI WHITE SOXLOPEZ(R)4-2W-1609.5 unU442661
4/3/2018HAPP(L)CHI WHITE SOXGONZALEZ(R)14-5W-1809 unO15721081
4/4/2018SANCHEZ(R)CHI WHITE SOXFULMER(R)3-4L-2109 ovU751750
4/6/2018ESTRADA(R)@ TEXASMOORE(L)8-5W-12510 evO9801371
4/7/2018STROMAN(R)@ TEXASMINOR(L)1-5L-1358.5 unU220870
4/8/2018GARCIA(L)@ TEXASHAMELS(L)7-4W-1159 unO11509112
4/9/2018HAPP(L)@ BALTIMOREBUNDY(R)7-1W1058 unP10719110
4/10/2018SANCHEZ(R)@ BALTIMORECASHNER(R)2-1W-1308.5 ovU7110352
4/11/2018ESTRADA(R)@ BALTIMOREGAUSMAN(R)3-5L1009 unU7701190
4/13/2018STROMAN(R)@ CLEVELANDCLEVINGER(R)8-4W1408.5 evO7501282
4/20/2018 @ NY YANKEES  
4/21/2018 @ NY YANKEES  
4/22/2018 @ NY YANKEES  
KANSAS CITY: 2017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Ned Yost (ninth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Jesse Hahn, CF Jon Jay, 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Wily Peralta, RHP Justin Grimm.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Eric Hosmer, CF Lorenzo Cain, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joakim Soria, LHP Mike Minor, OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Scott Alexander, DH Brandon Moss, RHP Mike Morin, LHP Ryan Buchter, RHP Trevor Cahill.
OUTLOOK: This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Kansas City, when most of the Royals' top players hit free agency en masse. With Moustakas and Escobar finding little market, both returned to Kansas City with prove-it contracts. That gives the Royals a fighting chance to stay competitive into July, and then all bets are off. But the reality is there are still far too many holes, both in the lineup and on the pitching staff, for the Royals to be considered contenders. They would do well to match the 80 wins they had last season, and could be a big seller at the July 31 trade deadline, which would allow them to replenish a shallow farm system and begin their rebuilding job in earnest.
TORONTO: 2017: 76-86, fourth place.
MANAGER: John Gibbons (sixth season of second stint, 11th overall with Blue Jays).
ADDITIONS: LHP Jaime Garcia, OF Randal Grichuk, OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Seung-hwan Oh, INF Yangervis Solarte, INF Aledmys Diaz, RHP John Axford, RHP Tyler Clippard, INF Danny Espinosa, RHP Taylor Guerrieri, INF Gift Ngoepe, LHP Sam Moll, RHP Sam Gaviglio.
SUBTRACTIONS: OF Jose Bautista, OF Ezequiel Carrera, RHP Dominic Leone, LHP Brett Anderson, INF Darwin Barney, RHP Leonel Campos, OF Darrell Ceciliani, RHP Taylor Cole, INF Ryan Goins, C Raffy Lopez, RHP Tom Koehler, RHP Dominic Leone, C Miguel Montero, INF Rob Refsnyder, OF Michael Saunders, RHP Bo Schultz, RHP Cesar Valdez.
OUTLOOK: The powerful Yankees and reigning division champion Red Sox are considered playoff favorites in the AL East, so the expectation is the Blue Jays will be left to compete for the second wild card. If Donaldson and Smoak help the offense rebound from last season's injury-induced stumble, when Toronto scored an AL-low 693 runs, and the starting pitching stays strong and healthy, the Blue Jays might be able to mount a playoff push. Health concerns remain plentiful, however. Besides Tulowitzki's troublesome heel, Travis will need scheduled downtime to rest his surgically repaired right knee. Stroman was slowed by a sore shoulder in spring training, and Sanchez will be closely monitored after making just eight starts last year because of blister issues.
Blue Jays host cold Royals

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays needed 26 games last season before they won for the ninth time.

This season, the ninth win came in their 14th game Friday night when they overcame a 4-0 disadvantage to defeat the Cleveland Indians 8-4.

"We know we can come back," said outfielder Steve Pearce, who hit a two-run double Friday. "We've got a lot of good hitters on this team and the pitchers are doing a great job of (keeping the team in it)."

The news is not so good for the Kansas City Royals, who lost 5-3 to the Los Angeles Angels Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium to extend their losing streak to five.

The Royals are 3-10, their worst start over 13 games since 2012 when they also were limited to three wins.

"They continue to battle," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "As long as they continue to push and battle, they're going to get through it and they know it. It's evident with the way they're competing every single day, at least to my eyes."

Both teams will be coming off postponements when they meet Monday at the Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays will start left-hander Jaime Garcia (1-0, 3.18 ERA) Monday after their games Saturday and Sunday at Progressive Field were postponed because of rain. Garcia was scheduled to start Saturday, then Sunday, so the rotation will stay the same, meaning the staff will be well rested.

The Royals will start left-hander Eric Skoglund, who was scheduled to start Sunday against the Angels, but the game was postponed because of cold weather.

The Royals have had a feast-or-famine start to the season. All three of their wins have been shutouts, but in the 10 losses they have been outscored 59-27.

"I still feel like this team is going to get it together and we're going to get on a little bit of a run," Yost said.

Help should be arriving soon. Catcher Salvador Perez has been sent to Double-A Northwest Arkansas Saturday on a rehabilitation assignment. He went on the disabled list March 29 with a Grade 2 MCL tear in a left knee, which was incurred while carrying his luggage from spring training up stairs at his home.

"Probably won't be that long," Yost said. "I know he's anxious to get back."

Skoglund will be making his second start of the season Monday. He took the loss when the Royals lost 8-3 to the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, allowing five runs, six hits and two walks while striking out three in 4 2/3 innings.

This will be his first career outing against Toronto.

It was his first game competition in 24 days after his two previous attempts were either cancelled or postponed because of inclement weather.

Garcia, who will make his third start of the season for the Blue Jays, is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in five career starts against the Royals.

His second start was April 8 at Texas when he recorded his first win for Toronto, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings.

The Blue Jays put third baseman Josh Donaldson (right shoulder inflammation) and designated hitter Kendrys Morales (hamstring) on the disabled list last week.

Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo Friday when Donaldson went on the DL and had two doubles and two RBIs, including what turned out to be the game-winning hit in the seventh inning.

Right fielder Randal Grichuk continues to struggle at the plate.

He is batting .071 (3-for-42) with one home run but continues to play. He has one hit, three walks and 14 strikeouts in his past 37 plate appearances.

"We believe in him," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I think he's close. I mean, he's just missing some balls for whatever reason. We'll let it run out and I think one solid game might set him off in the right direction."

Grichuk hit 24 homers in 2016 and 22 in 2017, both seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

"He's done it before, it's not like he hasn't hit at this level and never had any success," Gibbons said. "When he gets on, he can do some things because he can run. And we've been looking for some of that around here. But, you know, he's a human being and naturally he's pressing hard."

Last Updated: 10/25/2020 9:34:03 PM EST

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