Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 8/19/20 MLB Game 1 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cincinnati Reds (9-11) at Kansas City Royals (9-14)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 5:05 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)
Luis Castillo (0-2) (3.91) vs. Brad Keller (2-0) (0.00)
The Line: Kansas City Royals / Cincinnati Reds --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals meet Wednesday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Reds have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Reds have won six of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with 20 hits and 19 RBI while Jesse Winker and Freddy Galvis have combined for 34 hits and 17 RBI. Luis Castillo gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 3.91 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. This will be Castillo’s second career game against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Royals have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Royals have won five of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 27 hits and 16 RBI while Salvador Perez and Maikel Franco have combined for 49 hits and 25 RBI. Brad Keller gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Keller's second career game against the Reds.
Will update with trends once they're released.
Luis Castillo has allowed four earned runs and 11 hits in his last 11 innings, and he's allowing a .272 batting average this season. Brad Keller has allowed zero runs and five hits through 11 innings this season, and he's allowing a .139 batting average and .262 on base percentage. Despite the small sample size, the Royals have the advantage on the mound and are running into a Reds offense that hasn't done much this season. The Cincinnati Reds are 20th in the league this season in runs scored per game and 26th in league batting average.
I'll take my chances with the Kansas City Royals at home with how solid Keller has looked up to this point.