Colorado Rockies vs. Kansas City Royals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/19/14
Kansas City Royals (68-55) at Colorado Rockies (49-75)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)
James Shields (R) (11-6) (3.290) vs. Tyler Matzek (L) (2-7) (5.426)
The Line: Colorado Rockies +145 / Kansas City Royals -155 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, ROOT-Rocky Mountain
The Kansas City Royals head to Coors Field to face the Colorado Rockies in interleague action on Tuesday.
The Kansas City Royals are one of the hottest teams in the game which has enabled them to grab first place in the American League Central but wins in eight of ten heading in to the series finale' at Minnesota means just a 1.5 game lead on Detroit. The Royals roll continued with a 6-4 win at Target Field Monday behind plenty of scoring and a solid pitching effort from Jason Vargas who gave up the lone run over seven innings before Aaron Crow gave up three runs in the 9th. The offense pounded out 13 hits and walked five times that saw Erik Kratz club two solo homers while Salvador Perez driving in two more. James Shields takes the ball for Kansas City in the series opener Tuesday. Shields is a big reason the Royals are atop the AL Central with an 11-6 record and 3.29 ERA in 26 outings.
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The Colorado Rockies haven't put together a hot streak in recent memory but perhaps they are on the verge of doing just that after taking three of four from visiting Cincinnati over the weekend. The Rockies exploded for 27 runs in the victories which was sight for sore eyes with production being difficult to come by. The key for the Rockies is always scoring runs and hoping the pitching is at least competitive. When the offense does struggle don't look for wins because the work on the mound is not going to consistently shutdown opponents especially in the light air of Coors Field. Left hander Tyler Matzek looks to give Colorado another victory with Kansas City in town Tuesday night. Matzek is 2-8 with a 5.50 ERA covering 12 starts where the Rockies have gone 2-10.
The Rockies looked good versus Cincinnati but I believe Kansas City is better then the Reds and certainly hotter...