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Kansas City Royals vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick - 8/14/13

Miami Marlins (45-73) at Kansas City Royals (62-55)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Jacob Turner (R) (3-4) (2.952) vs. Ervin Santana (R) (8-6) (3.252)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -184 / Miami Marlins +174 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Florida, Kansas City

The Kansas City Royals and Miami Marlins finish up their series at Kauffman Stadium Wednesday.

I know that the majority of people don't respect Miami and based on their record I can understand why. Having said that, in my view the Marlins pitching does give them a chance which can make the Fish a tough team to deal with at times. Kansas City will be the first to agree after Tuesday's 1-0 defeat. It was Miami's third win in eleven contests and it was all pitching with starter Jose Fernandez tossing a three hit shut out over seven frames with the pen finishing the job. Of course, scoring isn't the Marlins strength and they managed just six hits and three walks with Christian Yelich singling in the game's only run. Jacob Turner looks to rebound from a rare poor performance when he squares off with Kansas City. Turner gave up five runs (four earned) in a 5-0 loss to Atlanta on five hits including three home runs.

Kansas City Royals vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick - 8/14/13

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Despite Tuesday's defeat, Kansas City remained red hot with victories in eight of eleven behind solid work on the mound and at the plate. The Royals have been slowly creeping up on Cleveland although they lost a game in the standings with the Indians winning. The bats never broke through which squandered a very strong performance from veteran lefty Bruce Chen who thre seven scoreless innings with just three hits allowed. Kelvin Herrera absorbed the loss but in reality the bats four hits and single free pass just didn't threaten. Ervin Santana will be on the bump Wednesday in the final game of the series versus the visiting Marlins. Santana took one on the chin in a 9-6 defeat to Boston with six runs given up on nine hits and two BB in 3.1 frames.

Taking Kansas City as a big favorite still feels odd from years of losing, but they are the better team playing better baseball with plenty at stake...

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