Royals Trying To Finish Off Rest Of Season On High Note Take On Disappointing Blue Jays
The Kansas City Royals will not likely make the playoffs being 6.5 games behind a wild card berth but will definitely surpass last years win total of 71 as they already have 69 wins this season. Today they take on the very disappointing Blue Jays who are in the basement of the AL East.
Right handed pitcher James Shields will get the nod tonight for the Royals. This season Shields has been very good with an 9-8 record and a 3.14 ERA over 28 starts. In his last 10 appearances Shields has been pitching great with a 6-2 record and 2.98 ERA with his last outing giving up just 1 earned run over 7.1 innings against the Twins.
Few players in the league have been lighting it up like catcher Salvador Perez who is hitting .417 with 4 home runs and 11 RBI. Left fielder Alex Gordon has also been swinging the stick great with a .355 average with 11 hits, a home run, and 7 RBI’s in his last 7 games.
Taking the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays in this match-up will be J.A. Happ who has had a rough season with a 3-4 record and 5.46 ERA in his 12 starts. His past 10 games have been awful with a 1-4 record and 5.88 ERA and looks to be a likely journeyman who could either end up back in the minors or moving back and forth as a club needs an option.
The Blue Jays offense has not been good the past week with first basemen Edwin Encarnacion leading his team with 4 RBI’s the past 6 games. Not a single player on the Blue Jays has hit a home run in the past six games and have only 10 hits having gone for extra bases over that same stretch.
No way I could take the Blue Jays who are just a mess right now and marching a pitcher to the hill that has been shelled most of the season. The Kansas City Royals will continue to play hard for the rest of the season and improve their record from last season. I look for them to win today behind a much more solid pitcher in James Shields and more booming offense.
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