Kansas City Royals (21-29) at Milwaukee Brewers (23-26)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 7:10 pm (Miller Park)
Kris Bubic (1-5) (4.50) vs. Corbin Burnes (3-0) (1.98)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -215 / Kansas City Royals +196 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Kansas City Royals and the Milwaukee Brewers meet Saturday in MLB action from Miller Park.
This will be the second matchup of a three-game set between Milwaukee and Kansas City this weekend. In the series opener on Friday, Milwaukee was down 4-0 heading into the fourth inning, but posted nine runs in two frames on the way to a 9-5 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Royals started things off very well on Friday, jumping out to a lead after three innings. The Royals were ultimately out-hit by the Brewers 14-11, however. Tops in offense was Salvador Perez with four hits, a double, a homer, four RBI and two runs. Starting pitcher Danny Duffy went 3.2 innings with seven hits, six earned and five strikeouts.
For the Saturday starting pitcher role, the Royals are sending out Kris Bubic. In his eight starts this season, Bubic is 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 40.0 innings. This is the 23-year-old Bubic’s first season of MLB activity.
Over on the Brewers’ side, starting pitcher Adrian Houser went 4.0 innings Friday with five hits, four runs (two earned), two walks and two strikeouts. Orlando Arcia slapped a three-run homer with two hits, two runs and four RBI on the evening.
For the starting slot on Saturday, the Brewers are going with Corbin Burnes. In his 10 games (seven starts) this season, Burnes is 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 50.0 innings. In his MLB career, Burnes is 11-5 with a 4.60 ERA and 179 Ks in 137.0 innings.
The Royals are 5-2 in their last seven during game two of a series and 111-231 in their last 342 games as an underdog. Kansas City is 48-102 in their last 150 games as a road underdog.
Meanwhile, the Brewers are 7-2 in their last nine interleague home games versus a team with a losing record and 21-10 in their last 31 during game two of a series. Milwaukee is 1-4 in their last five interleague home games versus a left-handed starter and the over is 3-1-1 in their last five versus a team with a losing record.
Pick: I like the Brewers here. Bubic is coming off his first Major League victory in a solid effort against the Pirates, going five innings with six strikeouts, six hits and one run. Then there’s Burnes, who set a franchise mark by becoming the first pitcher in Brewers history to hit double-digit strikeouts in less than five innings in his last outing. Burnes’ K numbers have been great this season, and I think he’ll keep it going in a big Milwaukee victory here.