New York Mets vs. Kansas City Royals - 6/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (38-31) at New York Mets (36-32)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
I Kennedy (5-5) (4.17) vs. N Syndergaard (7-2) (1.91)
The Line: New York Mets -186 / Kansas City Royals +176 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSKC, SNY
On Tuesday in MLB action from Citi Field, the Kansas City Royals will meet the New York Mets.
This will be game one of a quick two game set. The Royals are coming off a weekend series against the Tigers. Kansas City dropped the first game but won the final three.
As for the Mets, they tangled with the Braves in their last series. New York was swept in that one by a total score of 15-4.
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For Tuesday’s game, the Royals will be bringing out right-hander Ian Kennedy in the starting role. Over his 13 starts and 5-5 record this year, Kennedy has managed a 4.17 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP in 77.2 innings. In his last appearance, Kennedy recorded a win with four earned on five hits in 6.2 innings against the Indians.
There are at least a few bright spots in the Kansas City lineup. Eric Hosmer leads the team on 82 hits with 39 runs, 12 homers and 44 RBI. Lorenzo Cain is playing well also with his 74 hits, 35 runs and 37 RBI. Backstop Salvador Perez has 12 homers with 35 RBI alongside 69 hits and 28 runs this year.
Over on the Mets’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Noah Syndergaard take the mound. In his 14 games (13 starts) this year, Syndergaard has put up a nice 1.91 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP in 85 innings of work. On Wednesday against the Pirates, Syndergaard put up 11 strikeouts in 8.1 innings, allowing just one earned run.
It’s pretty easy to find the standouts in the New York batting order. Asdrubal Cabrera has 66 hits with 25 runs and 21 RBI this year. Yoenis Cespedes has hit safely 63 times with 17 homers and 43 RBI alongside 38 runs. Neil Walker has 14 homers and 28 RBI with 59 hits and 26 runs.
The Royals are 8-1 in their last nine overall, and 35-16 in their last 51 Tuesday games. Kansas City is also 2-9 in their last 11 road games and 1-4 in their last five game ones of a series.
Meanwhile, the Mets are 2-6 in their last eight overall, and 0-5 in their last five Tuesday games. New York is also 6-1 in Syndergaard’s last seven starts and 4-0 in Syndergaard’s last four starts in game one of a series.
There’s no way I can pick against the hot Syndergaard and the Mets right now, so I’ll take New York for the victory.