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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals Betting Preview - April 18, 2021

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Apr/18/2021

Kansas City is a -122 favorite at home versus Toronto +114.

The Blue Jays are 12-5 in the last 17 games of this series.

The Royals are one of two teams in Major League Baseball (the Dodgers are the other) that has not lost a series.  If they win today's game, it will be their first victory in a series against the Blue Jays in two years.

Kansas City is still being offered at excellent payout odds to win the 2021 World Series: $10,000 on a $100 bet.

The Royals start Brady Singer, who is looking for his first win of the season. Singer is 0-2 with a 6.48 ERA. He has struck out 11 in 8 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs in five innings in his last start versus the Dodgers but only one was earned.

"That was a really good start by Brady," Royals manager Mike Matheny said. "Not the results, but the stuff was as good as we've seen from him. I thought the lower part of the zone maybe as good as we've seen in a long time. You're talking three unearned runs that ended up piling on. There was some trouble, but the stuff was very encouraging today and something to build on in my mind."

This will mark Singer's first appearance against the Blue Jays.

Robbie Ray (0-1, 3.60 ERA) will start for Toronto.

Ray made his season debut against the Yankees on April 12. He gave up two earned runs in five innings.

"That was one of the bright things about tonight, the way [Ray] pitched," manager Charlie Montoyo said. "He looked the same. He was around the zone. His stuff was really good. It was great to see Robbie Ray pitching like that. It makes me feel really good. Not only me, the whole team."

Ray was pleased as well.

"I felt like everything was right around the zone the whole night," Ray said. "I made some really good pitches, got some double-play balls that were huge. Big picture, definitely a good outing to build off of."

 

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