Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/26/14
Kansas City Royals (10-11) at Baltimore Orioles (11-10)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Jeremy Guthrie (R) (2-1) (4.680) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (L) (3-1) (4.909)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -136 / Kansas City Royals +126 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-KC, MASN
The Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles will play game two on Saturday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Royals took a 1-0 series lead with a 5-0 win.
With the win, the Royals are back to a .500 record but have still lost four of their last six games. The reason for the struggles is that Kansas City can’t put runs on the board, as the Royals have been held to three or less runs in four of their last six games. The Royals are now 0-11 this season when scoring three or less runs. Alex Gordon leads the Royals with 12 RBI, but has just three in his last 10. Jeremy Guthrie gets the start on Saturday, and he’s 2-1 with a 4.68 ERA and has 14 strikeouts in 25 innings of work. Guthrie is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles.
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The Orioles have now lost four of their last seven games and may be in trouble with Chris Young leaving game one with an injury. There’s no word yet on how serious the injury to Young is, but he is third on the team with 13 RBI. Offense has been key to the Orioles success this season, as they’ve scored four or more runs in 10 games this season and are 7-3 in this games. Nelson Cruz leads the Orioles with 23 RBI and has 14 hits in his last 10 games. Taking the mound for Baltimore will be Wei-Yin Chen, who is 3-1 with a 4.91 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 22 innings. Chen is 0-1 with a 5.18 ERA in four career starts against the Royals.
The Royals are 4-1 in Guthrie's last 5 starts and 1-5 in Guthrie's last 6 starts as a road underdog. The Orioles are 4-1 in Chen's last 5 starts and 2-5 in Chen's last 7 starts as a favorite.
The Royals are 5-1 in the last six meetings against the Orioles, and Guthrie has looked slightly better than Chen to begin the season. Not to mention there's a good chance Baltimore won't have Young in this game.
I like the Royals at plus money.