With Bo Bichette back in the lineup, the Toronto Blue Jays are ready to rock and roll against the cellar-dwelling Kansas City Royals for a three-game weekend series. At 44-97, the Royals are already statistically eliminated from postseason contention, but their lineup and pitching staff remain a threat that should not be taken lightly by the Jays. Toronto enters the day 11.5 GB of the Orioles in the AL East but currently occupy the third and final AL Wild Card spot over the Rangers.
Probable starting pitchers
- The Blue Jays are sending Yusei Kikuchi to the mound to make his 28th start of the season. The left-hander has had quite the bounce back this year after struggling mightily in 2022. In his last outing, Kikuchi went 4.2 innings against the Rockies while allowing two runs and walking four batters. All told, he is 9-5 this year with a 3.63 ERA, 4.18 FIP and 118 ERA+, all much improved numbers compared to last season.
- The Royals will turn to an opener in tonight's contest, rolling with right-hander Collin Snider to take the ball first. The 27-year-old is in his second season in the big leagues and has been decent but not great for the club. In 10 outings, he has five earned runs, five walks and five strikeouts to his name in just under 11 innings of work. This will be his first career "start" as he is expected to set the stage for bulk reliever Alec Marsh.
Toronto Blue Jays starting lineup, September 8
- 1. RF George Springer
- 2. SS Bo Bichette
- 3. 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
- 4. DH Davis Schneider
- 5. 3B Cavan Biggio
- 6. 2B Whit Merrifield
- 7. LF Daulton Varsho
- 8. C Alejandro Kirk
- 9. CF Kevin Kiermaier
Kansas City Royals starting lineup, September 8
- 1. 3B Maikel Garcia
- 2. SS Bobby Witt Jr.
- 3. 1B Salvador Perez
- 4. LF MJ Melendez
- 5. DH Nelson Velázquez
- 6. C Freddy Fermin
- 7. 2B Nick Loftin
- 8. CF Kyle Isbel
- 9. RF Dairon Blanco
What channel is the Toronto Blue Jays game on tonight?
- Game time: 7:07 pm ET
- Sportsnet will have the Blue Jays broadcast.
- Royals fans can catch the game on Bally Sports Kansas City
- On a national stage, MLB Network will have the game for out-of-market viewers only.
How do I stream the Toronto Blue Jays game tonight?
How can I listen to the Toronto Blue Jays game tonight?
- The Blue Jays broadcast will be on Sportsnet 590.
- Royals fans can tune into the game on KCSP 610.