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Kansas City Royals vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick - 8/24/13

Washington Nationals (64-64) at Kansas City Royals (64-63)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

Jordan Zimmermann (R) (14-7) (3.368) vs. Wade Davis (R) (6-9) (5.430)

The Line: Kansas City Royals +112 / Washington Nationals -122 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, FS-Kansas City

The Washington Nationals shoot for a road win over the Kansas City Royals.

Washington has been vastly under achieving in 2013, or they over achieved a year ago and after watching the ups and downs of this team I don't know which is true. The goal for the Nationals is to finish the season with a winning record and after Friday's 11-10 come from behind victory at Kansas City they have number four in a row in the books. Of course it wasn't easy as the Nats rallied from a 6-0 hole and then had to hold on for dear life. Gio Gonzalez was hit hard for seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and a trio of BB before the relief corps continued to make things a worry. The bats totaled 13 hits and walked seven times with Bryce Harper driving in three while Jason Werth cracked a two run bomb. Washington hands the ball to Jordan Zimmerman for game two of their weekend set. Zimmerman didn't have his best stuff in an 11-1 loss to the Cubs in which he was charged with eight runs on seven hits including three homers in five innings.

Kansas City Royals vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick - 8/24/13

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Well, Kansas City gave it a good try but the American League Central title is not in their immediate future and neither is the Wild Card. The past few weeks have not been kind to the Royals who have dropped nine of eleven following Friday's defeat. Both the work on the mound and at the plate haven't been up to par although it was the pitching that let KC down on Friday. Starter Bruce Chen squandered a 6-0 lead with seven runs given up over 3.2 innings pitched while the pen failed to stop the bleeding. The offense mustered 13 hits and coaxed five walks with Eric Hosmer and Justin Maxwell mashing homers and knocking in three runs apiece, while Salvador Perez drove in two more. Wade Davis will be on the hill Saturday when the Royals face the visiting Nationals. Davis can be very good or very bad and was more of the latter when he allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in just 3.2 innings of a 6-5 loss (ND) to Detroit.

Even though Washington has been winning lately and Kansas City has been slumping, I wouldn't trust either as far as I could throw them. Neither is trust worthy but I'll back the visitors...

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