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Royals vs. Pirates - 7/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (53-37) at Kansas City Royals (54-35)

MLB Baseball: Monday, July 20, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

A Burnett (7-3) (2.11) vs. Y Ventura (4-6) (4.73)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -121 / Pittsburgh Pirates +111 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-KC

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals begin a three-game series Monday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Pirates have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Pirates have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with 93 hits and 56 RBI while Starling Marte and Neil Walker have combined for 84 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost six of their last nine road games. A.J. Burnett gets the ball, and he’s 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. Burnett is 5-3 with a 2.69 ERA and 56 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

Royals vs. Pirates - 7/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas City Royals look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Royals have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Royals have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Lorenzo Cain leads Kansas City with 99 hits and 45 RBI while Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar have combined for 80 RBI. The Kansas City Royals have won eight of their last 10 home games. Yordano Ventura takes the hill, and he’s 4-6 with a 4.73 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. This will be Ventura’s first career game against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 9-1 in their last 10 vs. American League Central and 10-3 in Burnetts last 13 starts. The Royals are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. National League Central and 10-4 in Venturas last 14 home starts. The Pirates are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Kansas City and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.

Burnett has been rock solid all season long, while Ventura has yet to show consistency. Even with the Pirates struggles on the road, it's hard to turn down Burnett and the plus money. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates +111

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