Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals - 6/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (30-28) at Baltimore Orioles (34-23)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
E Volquez (5-5) (4.15) vs. C Tillman (7-1) (3.33)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -148 / Kansas City Royals +138 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, FSKC
Over at Oriole Park on Wednesday, we’ve got MLB action looming once again between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles.
In Monday’s opener, the Orioles took a 4-1 victory. On Tuesday, Baltimore made it two in a row on a dominant 9-1 win.
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For Wednesday’s game, the Royals will be rolling with right-hander Edinson Volquez. In his 12 starts and 5-5 record this year, Volquez has put together a 4.03 ERA with a 1.41 WHIP in 73.2 innings. Friday was a rough day for Volquez, as he put up five runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings against the Indians.
At the plate, the Royals have a pretty steady crew on their top end. Eric Hosmer heads the team with 70 hits, 10 homers, 35 RBI and 30 runs. Lorenzo Cain is playing well also with 63 hits, 30 runs and 34 RBI so far. Alcides Escobar has 62 hits with 21 runs and 15 RBI. Escobar was 0-for-5 on Tuesday, however.
The Orioles will be whipping out right-hander Chris Tillman for Wednesday’s game. In his 12 games and 7-1 record this year, Tillman owns a 3.33 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP in 70.1 innings. On Friday in a no-decision against the Yankees, Tillman gave up three home runs (and five runs total) on eight hits in 5.2 innings.
Baltimore has a nice group of guys in their batting order as well. Manny Machado holds 70 hits this year with 15 homers, 37 RBI and 41 runs. Mark Trumbo has a team-high 19 homers with 48 RBI, 67 hits and 38 runs. Jonathan Schoop is also playing fairly well on 54 hits, 22 runs and 32 RBI.
The Royals are 20-8 in Volquez’s last 28 starts on four days’ rest, and 7-3 in Volquez’s last 42 starts on grass. Kansas City is also 1-4 in Volquez’s last five starts against a team with a winning record, and 0-6 in their last six overall.
As for the Orioles, they’re 5-2 in their last seven Wednesday games, and 5-0 in Tillman’s last five starts during game three of a series. Baltimore is also 5-0 in Tillman’s last five Wednesday starts, and 13-3 in Tillman’s last 16 starts overall.
I’m not thrilled about the pitching matchup here, so we could see the over come in. I like Tillman and Baltimore a little more than KC, however.