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The Toronto Blue Jays are just a slim underdog in a setting that has been unkind to them over the years, and they also must contend with a pitcher who has been lights-out since struggling in his last outing against Toronto.
The Blue Jays are the -102 away underdog (bet $102 to win $100) while the Kansas City Royals are a -118 home favorite with a 10-run total on the MLB odds for Monday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Blue Jays are 8-3 against the Royals since the start of the 2018 season, and are also 7-4 in their last 11 away games against the AL Central. However, they are just 3-6 in their last nine visits to Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium.
Blue Jays at Royals | OddsShark Matchup Report
This matchup has gone OVER in seven of the last 11 games at betting sites, with an average total of 10.6. Only one game had a total lower than 8. The total has also gone OVER in six of the Royals’ last nine games, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
One effect of trading all-star pitcher Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets on Sunday is that left-hander Thomas Pannone (2-4, 6.39 ERA, 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings) is joining the starting rotation full-time, taking the mound in Monday’s game.
The Royals are starting right-hander Brad Keller (7-9, 3.95 ERA, 6.4 SO/9) and they are 5-0 in his last five starts. Keller has a 1.33 ERA over four starts since he last faced the Blue Jays on June 30 in Toronto, where he was touched up for six runs and eight hits over five innings, but earned credit for the victory.
The Blue Jays have not named a starter to replace Stroman for Tuesday’s game. The Royals will start left-hander Mike Montgomery (1-3, 6.09 ERA, 5.0 SO/9), who is stretching his arm out after being mostly in the bullpen before the Royals acquired him from the Chicago Cubs. The Blue Jays are 16-21 this season against lefty starters.
Right-hander Jacob Waguespack (1-1, 5.63 EA, 8.3 SO/9) starts for the Blue Jays in Wednesday’s getaway game, opposite Royals right-hander Jakob Junis (6-9, 5.03 ERA, 8.6 SO/9). The Royals are just 2-6 in Junis’s last eight home starts.
Following this series, the Blue Jays stay on the road with a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles and three games against the Tampa Bay Rays.