Kansas City Royals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 10/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (92-69) at Kansas City Royals (80-81)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Robbie Ray (15-5) (2.86) vs. J Vargas (18-10) (3.94)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +117 / Arizona Diamondbacks -127 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, FSKC
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Kansas City Royals meet Sunday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a victory after splitting their last 14 games. The Diamondbacks have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 166 hits and 120 RBI while David Peralta and Jake Lamb have combined for 289 hits and 161 RBI. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he is 15-5 with a 2.86 ERA and 217 strikeouts this season. This will be Ray’s first career game against the Royals.
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The Kansas City Royals look to finish the season strong after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Royals have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 11 games. The Kansas City Royals have won five of their last six games when scoring more than one run. Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 191 hits and 93 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Whit Merrifield have combined for 343 hits and 127 RBI. Jason Vargas gets the ball, and he is 18-10 with a 3.94 ERA and 130 strikeouts this season. Vargas is 2-1 with a 5.91 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 9-1 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series, 4-0 in Rays last 4 road starts and 7-0 in Rays last 7 starts. The Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 17-6 in Vargas' last 23 home starts and 4-0 in Vargas' last 4 starts. The Diamondbacks are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Kansas City and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Diamondbacks haven't lost a game with Ray on the hill since July 28, while the Royals haven't lost with Vargas since September 5. Both pitchers have been really solid recently and overall for the most part. But Arizona has little to play for, as this is a team that should be focused on Wednesday's playoff game against the Rockies. Meanwhile, the Royals are a veteran club that would likely love a victory here to at least finish the season with a .500 record. This is a prideful bunch. I'll take my plus money.