The MLB is back in action on Monday night as The Kansas City Royals travel to the Rogers Centre for the first game in the three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Royals will start the game with the left-handed prospect Eric Skoglund. On the other side, the Blue Jays will counter with the veteran left-hander Jaime Garcia.
Kansas City Royals Form
It seems that the Royals will have a tough time this season as they have started a complex rebuilding process. The early impression from their games this season is not the greatest. Kansas City ranks last in the MLB in runs scored with just 39 through their first 13 games overall. Kansas City owns a .231/.298/.391 slash line and managed only five home runs as a team this season. Moreover, their starter for this game Skoglund did not have a great record so far in his debut season as he allowed five runs on six hits over 4 ⅔ innings in a loss to the Mariners. However, it is important to note that he has shown great potential during his time in the minor league system in the previous year as he went 4-5 with a 4.11 ERA in Triple-A while striking out 9.12 batters per nine innings of work. His first start this season was not so great he walked more two batters and he struck only one.
The statistical data is not in favour of Kansas City as the Royals are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning record. Also, the Royals are 0-5 in their last 5 overall.
Toronto Blue Jays Form
The Blue Jays will start this game with the experienced left-hander Jaime Garcia on Monday evening. Garcia looks to build on a strong start as the veteran struck out five in his last outing and now has 12 strikeouts against just four walks in two starts this year. He also enjoys a 1-0 record to go along with a 3.18 ERA so far this season. It has been a long time since Garcia started against the Royals as his last start was 4 seasons ago. During that game, he went on an eight shutout innings, letting just four hits, while striking out six and walking none. The statistical data is in favour of the Blue Jays as they are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series. Moreover, Toronto is on a run of 5-0 in their last 5 Monday games.
Jaime Garcia experience and form will be crucial in this game as I think he has enough in the locker to bring the win for the Blue Jays. On the other side, I expect that Skoglund and the Royals to continue their struggles in this first game of the series. I am going for the Blue Jays to win Game 1 of their series against the Royals here.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays today on 4/16/2018 is: Take the Toronto Blue Jays -180 (money line bet)
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