Kansas City Royals vs. New York Mets - 4/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (0-1) at Kansas City Royals (1-0)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
N Syndergaard (0-0) (0.00) vs. C Young (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +105 / New York Mets -115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY; MLBTV; FSKC
The New York Mets will travel to Kaufman Stadium to try to solve their Kansas City Royals problem. After an opening day loss to the Royals can Terry Collins and the Mets find a way to ruin the party on Tuesday night?
Noah Syndergaard threw some fireballs in the Spring with speeds reaching 100mph and the New York Mets have high hopes for Syndergaard. The Mets pitcher also had some issues with the Royals in the World Series when he hit Alcides Escobar in the Mets only win of the World Series. Syndergaard threw well on that day with just seven hits and three runs given up but was backed up with nine runs from his team mates. The Mets have spent the last three days in Kansas watching the Royals celebrate. Whatever about the Royals raising their flag on opening night a tradition that had to be done, on Tuesday the Royals will receive their rings and to me that's just a little too much for a Mets team who fell at the final fence last season. If the Mets needed any motivation they are receiving it here from the Royals. Yoenis Cespedes made a mistake on opening night missing an easy fly ball early and ended up striking out in the final at bat with runners on the corners, look for the former Detroit Tigers man to be motivated at the plate against Chris Young on Tuesday.
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The Kansas City Royals just continue to grind out results, it's been two years of consistancy for the Royals and they have started this season like they finished last year with solid pitching and really great at bats. The Royals got to Matt Harvey early and often in game one with eight hits and four runs in five and two third innings. Sal Perez, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas all came up with big hits and the Royals , as they have done under Ned Yost just continued to pile on the pressure on the basepaths. Yost will turn to the former Met Chris Young on Tuesday as Ian Kennedy's start got moved back due to injury. Young is a solid pitcher who will not reach the high ninties with his fast ball but he is an artist that paints the corners. Young had a very servicable 3.06 ERA last season and went 11-6 on the season, pitching well in the post season. For a pitcher who rarely goes above 87mph with his fast ball it is unusual to be so dominat but Young has found a way and was a terrific pick up by the Royals last season.
Tough one to call here but I think that the motivation in this one is going to be with the Mets. Watching all the celebrations in Kansas has to be a tough reminder of what could have been for the Mets and given that Syndergaard's pitching has been so impressive in the Spring I think the Mets will fancy their chances here. We are getting the Mets at -115 here and while it's not terrific value being the away team and against the World Champions I still think the Mets are the solid play here.