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MLB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 8/16/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  +115

+1.5  -135



TORONTO (55 - 65) at KANSAS CITY (36 - 84)
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Thursday, 8/16/2018 8:15 PM
Board OpeningLatest
969TORONTO-125Ov 9,-130-125Ov 9.5,+110
970KANSAS CITY+115Un 9,+110+115Un 9.5,-130
TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games55-65-7.661-514.50.2430.3090.4130.7225.10.2630.3280.4310.758
Road Games26-33-1.936-204.50.2390.3080.4020.7105.20.2760.3390.4370.776
vs Right-handed Starters41-36+6.441-324.70.2440.3120.4180.7305.00.2640.3300.4320.762
Past 7 Games4-3+1.23-43.40.2170.3000.3580.6584.10.2620.3200.4290.749
Grass Games25-28+2.735-174.80.2440.3160.4150.7305.30.2790.3390.4450.784
Night Games33-38-2.134-324.40.2370.3030.4080.7125.10.2640.3310.4370.768
TORONTO - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.50.2430.3091204072988210141520.4135143911014337731167511282
Road Games4.50.2390.308592027484925760.4022562035081539257375638
Righty Starters4.70.2440.31277263464313761030.4183462586452249973517547
TORONTO - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.451.3704432382194466916145427-18281663.6%
Road Games4.491.428208.6115104222317621210-814766.7%

KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games36-84-32.752-613.70.2400.2950.3660.6605.50.2780.3460.4460.791
Home Games17-44-25.526-313.50.2410.2990.3600.6595.60.2760.3440.4360.780
vs Right-handed Starters22-58-28.338-373.80.2390.2930.3670.6605.80.2850.3530.4610.814
Past 7 Games2-5-1.84-23.90.2350.3160.3670.6825.10.2490.3180.4220.740
Grass Games36-81-29.750-613.70.2390.2940.3630.6575.40.2760.3440.4430.787
Night Games21-53-23.832-373.80.2460.3050.3720.6765.40.2760.3450.4470.792
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.70.2400.295120407397718117990.366418316938588011125111537
Home Games3.50.2410.29961202748910111390.3601981684482940965186420
Righty Starters3.80.2390.29380272865111810710.3672872096193552172347626
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games5.291.5344032502374335918531713-26251858.1%
Home Games5.411.51421813413123129991657-1213959.1%
TORONTO - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/2/2018CLIPPARD(R)@ SEATTLEHERNANDEZ(R)7-3W1309 evO11801082
8/3/2018BORUCKI(L)@ SEATTLEGONZALES(L)7-2W1558 ovO1142651
8/4/2018ESTRADA(R)@ SEATTLEPAXTON(L)5-1W2157.5 unU1240340
8/5/2018GAVIGLIO(R)@ SEATTLELEAKE(R)3-6L1408.5 ovO9501071
8/7/2018STROMAN(R)BOSTONPOMERANZ(L)7-10L-1059.5 unO13101932
8/8/2018HAUSCHILD(R)BOSTONJOHNSON(L)5-10L+1309.5 evO9601281
8/9/2018BORUCKI(L)BOSTONPORCELLO(R)8-5W+1459.5 unO12501071
8/10/2018ESTRADA(R)TAMPA BAYSNELL(L)0-7L+1108.5 unU330950
8/11/2018GAVIGLIO(R)TAMPA BAYSTANEK(R)1-3L-1059 unU5511070
8/12/2018STROMAN(R)TAMPA BAYGLASNOW(R)2-1W-1308 evU520660
8/13/2018REID-FOLEY(R)@ KANSAS CITYKELLER(R)1-3L-1259 ovU540750
8/14/2018BORUCKI(L)@ KANSAS CITYFILLMYER(R)6-5W-1409 unO6601280
8/15/2018ESTRADA(R)@ KANSAS CITYLOPEZ(R)6-5W-1409 ovO1080730
8/22/2018 BALTIMORE  

KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/2/2018KELLER(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXLOPEZ(R)4-6L1309.5 evO750950
8/3/2018FILLMYER(R)@ MINNESOTAODORIZZI(R)4-6L1829.5 evO10601190
8/4/2018SMITH(R)@ MINNESOTABERRIOS(R)2-8L2109 unO6701170
8/5/2018DUFFY(L)@ MINNESOTASANTANA(R)5-6L1209 ovO12901151
8/6/2018JUNIS(R)CHICAGO CUBSHAMELS(L)1-3L+1759 ovU870980
8/7/2018KELLER(R)CHICAGO CUBSMONTGOMERY(L)0-5L+1558.5 evU690970
8/10/2018SMITH(R)ST LOUISGOMBER(L)0-7L+1309.5 evU71101281
8/11/2018DUFFY(L)ST LOUISFLAHERTY(R)3-8L+1508.5 ovO5401151
8/12/2018JUNIS(R)ST LOUISROSS(R)2-8L+1309 evO5501281
8/13/2018KELLER(R)TORONTOREID-FOLEY(R)3-1W+1159 ovU750540
8/14/2018FILLMYER(R)TORONTOBORUCKI(L)5-6L+1309 unO1280660
8/15/2018LOPEZ(R)TORONTOESTRADA(R)5-6L+1309 ovO7301080
8/20/2018LOPEZ(R)@ TAMPA BAY  
8/22/2018 @ TAMPA BAY  
8/23/2018 @ TAMPA BAY  
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.
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.
Royals throwing young arms at Blue Jays

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With Danny Duffy and Ian Kennedy on the disabled list, the Kansas City Royals' rotation consists of four freshmen -- Glenn Sparkman, Jorge Lopez, Brad Keller and Heath Fillmyer -- and one sophomore in Jakob Junis.

Sparkman will make his first career start on Thursday night against the Toronto Blue Jays after eight relief appearances. Lopez, who was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the Mike Moustakas trade, made his third career start on Wednesday.

Junis has made 38 starts, including 16 as a rookie last year. Keller has made 13 starts and Fillmyer six.

Sparkman (0-1, 5.06 ERA) is the oldest of the quintet at 26, while Lopez and Junis are 25. Fillmyer is 24 and Keller just turned 23.

"It's just getting your feet wet and understanding how good you can be," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It's about commanding the strike zone and changing speeds. It's not pitching behind in the count with good stuff. It's about pitching ahead in the count with good stuff.

"It's just continuing to trust in your stuff, believing in your stuff and go out and compete within yourself."

Fillmyer walked five -- three wound up scoring -- and hit a batter in five innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Blue Jays. While Keller won on Monday, Yost mentioned he threw more balls than strikes in the first two innings.

"That's not going to work," Yost said. "You have to get ahead in the count. Instead of five-six pitch decisions, there were three-and-four pitch decisions (after the second inning). He was ahead in the count. He did a better job of keeping them off-balance. You always can when you're ahead in the count.

"You're behind in the count, they are sitting on your best percentage pitch. Most of these guys, it's a fastball. When you're ahead in the count, they can't do that. It creates a little bit of a doubt. Their stuff is all good enough to be successful when that little bit of doubt is in the back of a hitter's mind."

Sparkman threw 68 pitches over 4 1/3 innings in a relief appearance Friday against St. Louis. He retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced before giving up a home run to Harrison Bader in the sixth.

"These young guys they think they're good now, but until you know you're good, it's a big door to walk through: thinking you're good and knowing you're good. Once you know you're good, you've got it. These kids for the most part, their stuff is pretty good. They'll continue to refine and develop their pitches and their command."

Toronto will counter with right-hander Sam Gaviglio, who was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four outings, including two starts, last September with Kansas City. The Royals traded him to the Jays in spring training for a player to be named.

Gaviglio (2-5, 4.86) said facing his former team for the first time does not give him an extra incentive.

"They gave me a chance last year," Gaviglio said. "I'm thankful for that. I'm still friends with a lot of guys. I got to catch up with them a little bit a couple of days ago.

"I don't think it really changes anything. As long as I execute my pitches, I'll be fine."

Gaviglio has struck out 14 in 11 innings in his past two starts.

"I think a little more consistency," Gaviglio said. "I think everything's kind of coming out a lot more off my fastball than it has in the past. Just learning myself and how to execute and what I want to do to hitters."

In his last eight starts, he has pitched through the sixth inning only once.

"Just attack guys and get some early outs, some quick outs," Gaviglio said of his goal to pitch deeper into the game. "We've got some good catchers here and defense. Just trust it."

The Blue Jays are 5-1 against the Royals this season after winning 6-5 Wednesday night behind Curtis Granderson's two-out, fourth-inning grand slam. Lopez was the losing pitcher in his Kansas City debut.

Toronto is 12-13 since the All-Star break. The Royals have lost 11 of their last 13 and dropped to 36-84 for the season.

Last Updated: 4/19/2019 4:26:58 PM EST

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