New York Mets vs. Kansas City Royals Free Pick- 8/2/2013
Kansas City Royals (54-51) at New York Mets (48-58)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
The Line: New York Mets -122 / Kansas City Royals +112 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, SNY
The New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals face off on Friday at Citi Field for game one of their interleague series.
The New York Mets have been one of the tougher teams to figure out this year as they haven’t done anything consistently except being inconsistent. The Mets are 4-6 their last 10 games, 21-30 at home this season, and they are 14.5 games back in the NL East. As a team, the Mets are hitting .238 with David Wright hitting .308, Marlon Byrd hitting .284, and Daniel Murphy hitting .282. The Mets pitching staff has an ERA of 3.84, with the starters at 3.86 and the bullpen at 3.82. For game one against the Royals, the Mets start Dillon Gee, who has pitched well, despite having a losing record. For the season, Gee has allowed 135 hits and 57 earned runs, while striking out 94 over 124.1 innings for a 7-8 record and a 4.13 ERA.
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The Kansas City Royals are one of the hottest teams in baseball as they have won their last nine games in a row. The Royals are 9-1 in their last 10 games, 27-27 on the road this season, and they are 6.5 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central standings. As a team, the Royals are hitting.256, with Eric Hosmer hitting .289, Salvador Perez hitting .279, and Billy Butler hitting .277. The Royals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.64, with the starters at 3.95 and the bullpen at 2.93. For game one in New York, the Royals start Wade Davis, who won last time out to end a personal four game losing streak. For the season Davis has allowed 136 hit and 64 earned runs, while striking out 94 over 104.2 innings for a 5-9 record and a 5.50 ERA.
New York is 8-3 in their last 11 interleague home games, 9-21 in their last 30 home games against a team with a losing road record, and 1-6 in Gee’s last seven starts in game one of a series. Kansas City is 6-0 in their last six road games, 5-0 in their last five games against a right-handed starter, and 1-5 in Davis’ last six starts.
The Royals have been just about unstoppable and the Mets have been one of the weaker home teams so getting a price on the Royals, despite the Mets having the edge on paper in the pitching match up, is the smarter play.