Kansas v Toronto
The Kansas City Royals have a good matchup at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. The Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow is a talent, but he’s never thrown well against the Royals. His lifetime record is 2-4 with a 5.33 ERA. Overall, this season he hasn’t pitched well either, allowing six home runs in 20 innings. Kansas City has some players who can hit the long ball (like Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer) but have gotten off to a slow start in this category. Morrow may be just the man they need to see to get on track. Kansas City’s Bruce Chen has been a hard luck hurler so far this year. He’s 0-1 but has pitched masterfully, having allowed only four earned runs in 18 innings (he’s also struck out 14 batters). If Chen maintains that form, this is a game the Royals, who are on at 1.90, can snatch this one from the Blue Jays (1.90).
New York v San Francisco
San Francisco Giants' left-handed starter Madison Bumgarner recently signed a five-year, $35 million contract extension. He should prove he’s worth it on the road against the New York Mets. The Mets lineup has fared worse against lefties (in both batting average and home runs per game) so far this season. It won’t help that Bumgarner is an above-average lefty who pitches well on the road – 2.67 ERA lifetime away. The Mets go with Johan Santana. He’s a former two-time Cy Young Award winner, but he’s also coming off of a serious should injury that has limited his innings and, on a bad night, has impacted his control. In his last outing he was torched for six runs in 1 1/3 innings. Yikes. The strong bet here is with the Giants at 1.59 instead of the Mets at 2.36.