New York Mets vs. Kansas City Royals Free Pick- 8/3/2013
Kansas City Royals (54-52) at New York Mets (49-58)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)
The Line: New York Mets +111 / Kansas City Royals -121 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, SNY
The Kansas City Royals and New York Mets give us some Saturday afternoon action from Citi Field.
I think we all knew Kansas City couldn't keep up their torrid hot streak, because in this game, everybody loses. The Royals won nine in a row before a 4-2 loss in eleven innings put an end to the good times. The Royals have been getting both the arms and bats on the same page during the recent up tick but the offense didn't hold up their end of the bargain in the series opener. Starter Wade Davis gave up two runs over five frames, before Luis Mendoza absorbed the defeat with a pair of runs plated in the 11th on a walk off two run jack. The KC attack posted six hits and walked four times, with a sacrifice fly and ground out plating the only runs. Veteran Bruce Chen makes his 4th straight start since coming out of the bull pen when he faces off with the Mets. Chen has given up a total of three runs over 18 innings in his three previous starts.
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I have repeatably said that the Mets are difficult to predict because they win when least expected and lose in the same fashion. I did think the New Yorkers had a decent shot Friday and they got the job done although it was far from easy. After not scoring for Matt Harvey in Thursday's loss at Miami, Dillon Gee nearly suffered the same fate, despite allowing a single run on three hits through seven innings. David Aardsma blew the save, with a run plated in the 9th to make the team go to extras where Eric Young blasted a two run bomb for the win. David Wright also smacked a two run homer in the first, as the bats totaled eleven hits and four walks. Carlos Torres makes his fourth start of 2013 when he takes the bump versus the visiting Royals on Saturday. Torres has been a spot starter with eleven relief appearances under his belt.
If Kansas City wants to stay in the AL Central race, they need to get right back in the win column Saturday. I don't know what to expect from Torres so I'll take a chance with the visitors...