Kansas City Royals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 9/30/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (92-67) at Kansas City Royals (78-81)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
T Walker (9-9) (3.54) vs. Jake Junis (8-3) (4.68)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +113 / Arizona Diamondbacks -123 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSKC, FSAZ
Over at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Kansas City Royals will be continuing their MLB series.
In the Friday opener, the Royals eked out a 2-1 win, out-hitting the D-Backs 9-6.
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For the Saturday game, the Diamondbacks will be bringing out RHP Taijuan Walker. In his 152.1 innings and 9-9 record this year, Walker has a 3.54 ERA with 140 Ks and 60 BBs.
Arizona has a few notable hitters this year. Paul Goldschmidt entered this series with 166 hits, 117 runs, 36 homers and 120 RBI, while David Peralta had 152 hits, 82 runs, 14 homers and 56 RBI. Goldschmidt and Peralta combined to go 0-for-7 on Friday.
Over on the Royals’ side, they’re rolling with RHP Jakob Junis on Saturday. In his 92.1 innings and 8-3 record this year, Junis has a 4.39 ERA with 75 Ks and 23 BBs.
Kansas City has some key bats as well. Eric Hosmer entered this set on 189 hits, 96 runs, 24 homers and 92 RBI while Lorenzo Cain had 173 hits, 85 runs, 15 homers and 49 RBI. Cain had one hit on Friday; Hosmer had one hit and an RBI.
The Diamondbacks are 4-10 in Walker’s last 14 starts and 2-7 in Walker’s last nine starts versus a team with a losing record. Arizona is also 1-4 in Walker’s last five Saturday starts and 1-5 in Walker’s last six starts during game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 5-0 in their last five during game two of a series and 4-0 in Junis’ last four starts in game two of a series. Kansas City is also 5-1 in Junis’ last six home starts and the under is 4-1 in Junis’ last five home starts.
Walker had a good run of games earlier this month, but has stumbled a bit in his last two starts with seven earned on 13 hits in 8.2 innings. As for Junis, he was on a roll as well until his six earned in 5.2 innings on seven hits in his last start versus the Yankees. I’m not thrilled with either pitcher here, but Walker seems to have more upside so I’ll go with the D-Backs.