Kansas City Royals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/11/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/11/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates (14-27) at Kansas City Royals (17-28)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 11, 2020 at 8:05 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Steven Brault (0-2) (4.37) vs. Kris Bubic (0-5) (4.89)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -120 / Pittsburgh Pirates +110 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Royals meet in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Friday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates come into this game looking to rebound from an 8-1 beatdown loss at the hands of the White Sox last time out. Gregory Polanco had the lone RBI for Pittsburgh while Colin Moran had a double and Adam Frazier, JT Riddle and Josh Bell all had base hits as the Pirates managed to crank out just four hits as a team in the losing effort. JT Brubaker allowed seven runs on seven hits with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings of work, taking the loss to fall to 1-1 this season. Steven Brault will start here and is 0-2 with a 4.37 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Brault’s first career start against Kansas City.

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The Kansas City Royals will look to build on an 11-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Maikel Franco led the charge, going 3 for 5 with a home run, a double and five RBIs while Adalberto Mondesi had a home run and three RBIs. Edward Olivares had a solo home run while Hunter Dozier and Whit Merrifield each had an RBI to finish off the scoring for the Royals in the win with Merrifield going 3 for 5 at the dish with a double as well. Cam Gallagher went 2 for 3 and Nicky Lopez added a base hit as well in the victory. Brady Singer got the win to improve to 2-4 on the year after giving up just one hit in eight shutout innings, striking out eight on the way to the win. Kris Bubic will start here and is 0-5 with a 4.89 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. This will be Bubic’s first career start against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is 18-38 in their last 56 games overall and 4-10 in their last 14 series-opening games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games as an underdog. Kansas City is 3-7 in their last 10 games overall and 20-48 in their last 68 games following a win while the under is 14-3 in their last 17 interleague home games against a left-handed starter. Pittsburgh is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

I get why the total would be going down as you have two teams that are probably going to be watching the playoffs on tv in a couple of weeks and who have had a history of troubles in the scoring department at times this season. I think we see some more of that here as Brault’s been alright as a starter and I think that Bubic will want to put a good foot forward here, so I’ll side with the under as my free play for this game but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.

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