Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/16/14
Baltimore Orioles (20-18) at Kansas City Royals (20-19)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Chris Tillman (R) (3-2) (3.965) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (R) (2-2) (4.796)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -103 / Baltimore Orioles -107 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, FSN-KC
The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals will play game two of four on Friday night.
The Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Royals on Thursday. The win was one of the few games this season where the Orioles pitching actually held up, as they are ranked 21st in the majors with a 4.12 ERA. However, the Orioles offense has stalled recently, scoring less than three runs in four of their last five games. Nelson Cruz has homered in back-to-back games and has five RBI in those contests, while Adam Jones has a 10-game hitting streak. Chris Tillman will get the start, and he’s 3-2 with a 3.97 ERA and has 40 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. Tillman is 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA in four career starts against the Royals.
USA TODAY Sports
The Royals have won six of their last nine games, but Thursday’s loss drops them back to being a .500 ball club. The Royals pitching staff has allowed two or less runs in three straight games and are 15-6 this season when allowing three or less runs. The Royals offense has shown bright spots as of late and Alcides Escobar and has six hits in his last four games. Jeremy Guthrie gets the nod, and he’s 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA and has 25 strikeouts in 50.2 innings. Guthrie is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three career starts against Baltimore.
The Orioles are 4-1 in Tillman's last 5 starts and 19-7 in Tillman's last 26 road starts. The Royals are 20-6 in Guthrie's last 26 home starts and 13-6 in Guthrie's last 19 starts during game 2 of a series.
Until both teams show a little more consistency, it's best to avoid both for the time being. However, each pitcher is prone to giving up runs and the over has hit in 5 of Guthrie's last 6 home starts.
Take the over.