Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (55-48) at Baltimore Orioles (50-54)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
I Kennedy (4-6) (4.43) vs. D Bundy (9-8) (4.53)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -116 / Kansas City Royals +106 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSKC, MAS2
Out at Oriole Park on Tuesday, the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles will be resuming their MLB series.
In Monday’s opener of this set, Baltimore broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the ninth, taking the game 2-1.
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For the Tuesday game, the Royals will be bringing out RHP Ian Kennedy. In his 103.2 innings and 4-6 record this year, Kennedy has a 4.43 ERA with 90 Ks and 41 BBs.
KC boasts some great hitters this year. Eric Hosmer came into this set with 127 hits, 64 runs, 16 homers and 55 RBI, while Lorenzo Cain had 104 hits, 61 runs, 12 homers and 33 RBI. Cain had a hit and a run on Monday; Hosmer had two hits and an RBI.
Over on the Orioles’ side, they’re going with RHP Dylan Bundy on Tuesday. In his 119.1 innings and 9-8 record this year, Bundy has a 4.53 ERA with 92 Ks.
Baltimore has a few notable bats as well. Jonathan Schoop brought 117 hits, 65 runs, 24 homers and 76 RBI into this series, while Adam Jones had 109 hits, 56 runs, 19 homers and 51 RBI. On Monday, Schoop managed two hits and an RBI; Jones whiffed 0-for-4.
The Royals are 15-5 in the last 20 during game two of a series, and 8-1 in Kennedy’s last nine starts. Kansas City is also 6-1 in Kennedy’s last seven road starts and 5-0 in Kennedy’s last five starts versus a team with a losing record.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are 2-7 in their last nine during game two of a series, and the over is 5-1 in the Orioles’ last six during game two of a series. The under is 18-8-2 in the Orioles’ last 28 Tuesday games, and Baltimore is 6-2 in their last eight home games.
It’s been a pretty good run for Kennedy lately. In his last six starts, he’s given up more than three earned just once, and more than two earned only twice. As for Bundy, he allowed seven earned against the Astros in his last appearance, and logged a lousy 8.41 ERA in July. I think Kennedy and the Royals have a distinct advantage here. Give me KC.