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Royals vs. Braves - 5/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (9-26) at Kansas City Royals (17-19)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Matt Wisler (1-3) (3.27) vs. D Duffy (0-0) (3.00)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -165 / Atlanta Braves +155 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSO/FSKC

The Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals play a rubber game early Sunday afternoon.

The Atlanta Braves could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Braves have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 4.57 and have lost 13 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 35 hits, Nick Markakis has 21 RBI and Adonis Garcia has one home run. Matt Wisler gets the ball, and he’s 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. This will be Wisler’s first career game against the Royals.

Royals vs. Braves - 5/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas City Royals could also use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Royals have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 4.01 and have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 45 hits, Salvador Perez has 20 RBI and Lorenzo Cain has five home runs. Danny Duffy takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. This will be Duffy’s first career game against the Braves.

The Braves are 8-26 in their last 34 during game 3 of a series and 1-5 in Wislers last 6 starts. The Royals are 11-5 in their last 16 during game 3 of a series and 0-4 in Duffys last 4 starts. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

I'm not laying that much juice with a Royals team that continues to crap the bed, and I'm not confident in the Braves to win as a juicy underdog. Instead, I'm taking the over. Both of these clubs are allowing a lot of runs, so this total should be topped. 

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Over 8.5

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