Royals vs. Nationals - 5/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (18-7) at Kansas City Royals (13-12)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
T Roark (2-2) (2.03) vs. C Young (1-4) (6.12)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -119 / Washington Nationals +109 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals play game two of their interleague series Tuesday.
The Washington Nationals look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Nationals pitching staff has allowed two runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 14 of their last 20 games. The Washington Nationals are an incredible 14-3 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 34 hits, Bryce Harper has 24 RBI and Jayson Werth has four home runs. Tanner Roark gets the ball, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.03 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This will be Roark’s second career game against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals could use a bounce back win after losing six of their last seven games. The Royals lack of offense has been their downfall as they’ve been shutout in three of their last four games. The Kansas City Royals have lost nine straight games when scoring three or less runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 32 hits, Mike Moustakas has 11 RBI and Salvador Perez has four home runs. Chris Young takes the hill, and he’s 1-4 with a 6.12 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Young is 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 8-1 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series and 2-8 in Roarks last 10 starts. The Royals are 36-17 in their last 53 interleague games and 1-4 in Youngs last 5 starts. The Nationals are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
The Royals are bound to get out of this funk and their offense is due for a breakout performance. The Nationals have also lost eight of their last 10 games when Roark is on the hill. I like the Royals to get a much needed win on their home field here.