Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles - 4/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Orioles (11-5) at Kansas City Royals (11-6)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
M Wright (1-1) (5.73) vs. Y Ventura (1-0) (2.81)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -152 / Baltimore Orioles +142 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSKC, MAS2
Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, we’ve got game three of an intriguing weekend set between the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals.
In the opener on Friday, the Royals drew first blood on a 4-2 victory. Then in Saturday’s game two, the Orioles struck back by scoring four runs in the fourth inning on the way to an 8-3 win to tie things up.
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For the Sunday finale, Baltimore will be giving the start to right-hander Mike Wright. With the shoulder injury to Kevin Gausman, Wright has posted a 5.73 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in two starts as part of the rotation. Wright isn’t likely to last as a starter much past Sunday’s game, as Gausman seems to be nearing a return.
There are some real stars in the Orioles lineup, and they’ve been playing very well overall. Manny Machado has exploded for 15 runs, 27 hits, six homers and 11 RBI so far, while Mark Trumbo isn’t far behind on 24 hits, 12 runs, five homers and 15 RBI. Big-swinger Chris Davis has six homers and 13 RBI, bagging another homer in Saturday’s matchup as part of a 4-for-5 outing.
The Royals will be giving the start to right-hander Yordano Ventura on Sunday. In his three starts this season, Ventura has posted a 2.81 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP on 12 walks and 17 strikeouts in 16 total innings. On Tuesday in his last outing, Ventura allowed two runs on six hits with three walks to the Tigers over five innings.
The Royals boast a very balanced attack at the plate, and it’s been paying dividends so far. Eric Hosmer has put up 20 hits with seven runs, while Mike Moustakas has 18 hits with eight runs and nine RBI. Moustakas came up empty on Saturday, however. Salvador Perez is also coming along nicely, with 15 hits, four homers and 13 RBI's.
The Orioles are just 1-4 in Wright’s last five road starts, and 2-4 in their last six road games overall. As for Kansas City, they’re 8-2 in their last 10 game threes of a series, and 8-0 in Ventura’s last eight starts against the American League East.
For obvious reasons, I’m not thrilled about Wright’s chances here. Therefore, a Royals victory (with Ventura pitching well) seems the most likely scenario. Regardless, this should be a great--and fairly close--game.