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Toronto The Blue Jays are hoping to take a big leap in the playoffs and will play the Kansas City Royals in Toronto for the first time since the MLB season in 2019. The Blue Jays currently have a 51-48 record and are in fourth place in the American League East Division, while the Royals are 45-56, but come out of a strong series against the Chicago White Sox. The Royals will turn to Daniel Lynch to start the upcoming game after coming off an eight-inning shutout start, while the Blue Jays turn to Ross Stripling, who threw five innings with a running ball in his most recent start.
The Royals hope Lynch can continue with a fantastic pitching
The Royals have played a disappointing season so far, but the future looks bright in Kansas City, and the young pitching is a big reason. At 25, Daniel Lynch appears to be one of the more promising pitchers for the Royals, as he has only allowed 15 runs in the four games he has started, including 11 strikes. In his recent start, he threw eight pointless innings against a good Tigers lineup, indicating he is ready to have a strong end to the season.
The Royals hope their pitcher gives them a strong start given that their offense has been horrible this season, scoring just 4.18 runs per game. Match. Salvador Perez has a remarkable season of 25 home runs with a .278 batting average, a .508 slugging percentage, while Carlos Santana and Jorge Soler has combined for 30 home runs, but the rest of the slogan has struggled. Only four butchers in the lineup have 10 home runs or more, and only three have an OPS + of 100 or higher on the season.
Blue Jays hope offense helps shred
The Blue Jays have been a .500 team most of the season, but have the talent to make a late-season push. Ross Stripling has been part of a rotation that has struggled this season, allowing only 44 runs in 16 starts with a .243 expected opponent Batting Average, a .448 expected opponent Slugging Percent, and a 4.71 expected ERA.
While pitching has struggled this season, the offense has been one of the best in MLB this season, scoring 5.10 runs per game. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has an MVP caliber season with 33 home runs, a .327 Batting Average, a .423 On-Base Percent and a .656 Slugging Percent, but the rest of the order has also risen this season. Marcus Semien adds 24 home runs while Randal Grichuk and Bo Bichette has combined in 37 home runs this season as part of a lineup that has six batsmen with 10 home runs or more this season.
The Blue Jays are 21-8 in their last 29 home games against a team with a losing record.
The Blue Jays are 7-3 in their last 10 games as favorites.
The Blue Jays are 35-16 in their last 51 vs. a team with a losing record.
The Royals are 28-62 in their last 90 vs. American League East.
The Royals are 42-93 in their last 135 road games against a team with a winning record.
The Royals are 49-111 in their last 160 road games against a right-handed starter.
The Royals are 23-53 in their last 76 games as a road underdog.
The Royals are 6-21 in their last 27 road games.