Royals vs. Blue Jays Preview + Free Pick May 23rd, 2008
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MLB Baseball Betting Action – Blue Jays Host Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals, (21-25, 23-23 RL) have been a big sports betting surprise in the early going of the 2008 online betting season under first-year manager Trey Hillman, but have drooped four straight and five of their last six games coming into tonight’s MLB baseball betting contest against the Toronto Blue Jays, (23-25, 21-27 RL), including an emphatic four-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox that was concluded with Thursday’s 11-8 loss.
After dropping two straight to the Los Angeles Angels, the Blue Jays exacted some revenge on Thursday, beating the Angels 4-3.
Tonight’s contest figures to be a classic pitcher’s duel with each team sending excellent starting pitchers to the mound tonight.
Kansas City will turn to right-handed staff ace Zack Greinke (5-1, 2.18 ERA) who allowed three runs on nine hits in his last start as the Royals beat the Florida Marlins 9-3 on Sunday.
Toronto sends its own staff ace, former AL Cy Young award winner, Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.38) to the mound for his first start in over a week. The right-hander allowed four runs on nine hits in his last start against the Minnesota Twins on May 14 though he picked up the win in Toronto’s 6-5 victory. Halladay is 7-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 career starts against the Royals.
Here is a look at tonight’s key trends followed by my MLB Betting Picks.
The Royals are 5-0 in Greinke’s last five starts during game one of a series.
The Royals are 5-1 in Greinke’s last six starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
The Blue Jays are 30-5 in Halladay’s last 35 home starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
The Blue Jays are 27-5 in Halladay’s last 32 starts as a home favorite of -151 to -200.
The Under is 4-0 in Greinke’s last four starts as a road underdog of +110 to +150.
The Under is 4-0 in Halladay’s last four starts as a home favorite of -151 to -200.
The Under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.
The Blue Jays are 9-3 in Halladay’s last 12 starts vs. Royals.
Analysis: This is an extremely tough call, but ultimately I’m going with the Jays at home behind a very well rested Halladay. While this game could be closer than expected, I say take the Blue Jays.
MLB Free Picks: Toronto 3 Royals 2
07:05 PM EST MLB Odds
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke – R +1½ -155
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay – R -1½ +135
Over 7½ +105
Under 7½ -125
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