Royals Aim for Blue Jays Sweep for Your Sunday MLB Picks

Jay Pryce

Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:56 PM UTC

Sunday, Jun. 25, 2017 12:56 PM UTC

Veteran pitchers Jason Hammel and Francisco Liriano are set to duel in the Royals-Blue Jays finale at Kauffman Stadium Sunday afternoon (2:15 p.m. ET). Get the brooms out. K.C. is hot and primed to sweep the AL East cellar dwellers.

Toronto Blue Jays (35-39) vs. Kansas City Royals (37-36)

Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays slipped to the bottom of the AL East standings following their third straight defeat after a 3-2 loss at the Royals Saturday. Kansas City has proven an unwelcoming city in recent years. The Jays are 2-9 in its last 11 games at Kauffman Stadium, and the franchise is guaranteed its fourth series defeat in a row regardless of the outcome Sunday. The Blue Jays have been favored in all but one of these contests.

Scoring runs is the problem for Toronto. Manager John Gibbons men cross the plate 3.18 times per game at Kauffman Stadium during this span, despite averaging 4.84 runs per game overall since June 2015. Scheduled starter Francisco Liriano hopes the run production picks up today.

Liriano has won six of his last seven starts in large part to assistance from the lineup. The team has supported the veteran southpaw with 6.00 runs per game in this span. Liriano has been far from sharp, posting a 5.76 ERA and career-high 1.66 WHIP through 11 starts this season. In five road outings, the left-hander has failed to register a quality start. Liriano owns a 8.53 ERA and has 16 walks to 16 strikeouts.

Liriano is 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA in eight appearances at Kauffman Stadium lifetime. K.C.’s current roster is hitting .226 against (24-for-106) with Mike Moustakas (2-for-10), Eric Hosmer (2-for-12), and Alcides Escobar (2-for-18) each batting .200 or less.

Kansas City Royals

The Royals are better than .500 for the first time this season following their 3-2 win Saturday. Since June 11, the team is 10-2 SU, returning 75 percent to investors at +115 average odds. The bats have come alive. K.C. is averaging 5.08 runs on 9.25 hits per game in the stretch.

Jason Hammel takes the pill for skipper Ned Yost on Sunday. The right-hander is rounding into form, allowing just 4 earned runs in his last 20.2 innings. Whatever control issues plagued the pitcher early on has disappeared. Hammel has gifted one walk in his last 28 frames. He has 24 overall in 78.1 innings.

Hammel is 4-2 in 15 career appearances (11 starts) versus the Jays. The current Toronto roster is hitting a lowly .208 against. Russell Martin, Jose Bautista, and Kendry Morales are the only three players with 10 at-bats or more. The trio is 8-for-49 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs collectively.

Since 2014, Hammel has earned a quality start in eight of his last 11 outings as a home underdog. Only four of these starts have come in a Royals uniform. Overall, he and the staff allow 3.45 runs per game, the UNDER hitting in seven contests.

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Final Analysis

Each of the last two games has fallen on the bullpen, and you can expect more late-game drama in this one. The Royals clean-up crew is lights out of late. In the last two weeks, its 2.64 FIP is the lowest in MLB. Take K.C. on the money line with the pen primed to preserve another victory.

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