Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/23/14
Los Angeles Dodgers (42-35) at Kansas City Royals (39-36)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Zack Greinke (R) (9-3) (2.571) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (R) (4-6) (3.857)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +119 / Los Angeles Dodgers -129 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City
The Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off on Monday in Kansas City for game one of their interleague series.
The Kansas City Royals went on a hot streak that landed them in first place in the AL Central but since then they have lost four games in a row as well as their lead in the division. The Royals are 18-19 at home this season, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they are 2.5 games back in the American League Central. As a team the Royals are hitting .261 with Alex Gordon hitting .291, Alcides Escobar hitting .287, and Salvador Perez hitting .283. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.71 with the starters at 3.73 and the bullpen at 3.68. For game one against the Dodgers the Royals start Jeremy Guthrie who has won his last two starts. For the season Guthrie has allowed 95 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 59 over 98 innings for a 4-6 record and a 3.86 ERA.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to chase the Giants in the NL West and they have closed what was a double-digit gap to four games. The Dodgers are 24-15 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .258 with Yasiel Puig hitting .317, Dee Gordon hitting .278, and Matt Kemp hitting .274. The LA pitching staff has an ERA of 3.36 with the starters at 3.10 and the bullpen at 3.87. For game one against the Royals the Dodgers start Zack Greinke who won his Cy Young Award as a member of the Royals. For the season Greinke has allowed 86 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 97 over 91 innings for a 9-3 record and a 2.57 ERA.
Kansas City is 7-1 in their last eight interleague games, 10-4 in their last 14 games, and 10-4 in Guthrie’s last 14 starts as a home underdog. Los Angeles is 5-1 in their last six games 14-6 in their last 20 interleague games, and 26-11 in Greinke’s last 37 starts. Los Angeles is 1-4 in their last five games against Kansas City.
The Royals have cooled off but we are getting them at a nice price here as a home dog ij game that looks like a coin flip so I will take a shot on K.C.
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