The Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals meet Friday in MLB action atKauffman Stadium. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Washington Nationals Betting Preview
The Washington Nationals have scored 15 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 straight games. The Nationals have split their last 8 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Joey Meneses leads the Nationals with 59 hits and 25 RBI, while Lane Thomas and Dominic Smith have combined for 104 hits and 39 RBI. Patrick Corbin gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. Corbin is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
Kansas City Royals Betting Preview
The Kansas City Royals have scored 13 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 8 games. The Royals have won 7 of their last 10 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Vinnie Pasquantino leads the Royals with 49 hits and 24 RBI, while Salvador Perez and Bobby Witt Jr. have combined for 96 hits and 48 RBI. Jordan Lyles gets the ball, and he is 0-8 with a 7.15 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season. Lyles is 0-3 with a 5.71 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 15-36 in their last 51 Friday games and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Royals are 7-19 in their last 26 home games and 15-38 in their last 53 overall. The over is 7-3-1 in Nationals last 11 overall. The under is 5-2 in Royals last 7 overall. The Nationals are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Kansas City and 13-5 in the last 18 meetings.
I'm not excited to get behind the Kansas City Royals, especially with Jordan Lyles and his ERA that's over 7. However, as I've said many times over the years, an argument can be made Patrick Corbin has been the worst starting pitcher over the last 3 years or so. He's shown more life this season, but it takes a larger sample size to shake off that title. Fade game for me, but if forced to pick, give me the home team in this bad pitching matchup between even worse teams.