Kansas City Royals at Atlanta Braves
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 23, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)|
Atlanta Braves: -1.5 (-105) / Kansas City Royals: 1.5 (-115)
FS-Kansas City, FS-Southeast
The Kansas City Royals and the Atlanta Braves meet in game one of a two game interleague set in MLB action from SunTrust Park on Tuesday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to rebound after dropping their series with Cleveland, losing Sunday’s series finale by a final score of 5-4. Cheslor Cuthbert had a double and two RBIs while Jorge Soler and Bubba Starling each had a solo home run with Soler going 3 for 3 at the dish. Lucas Duda added a double while Hunter Dozier added a base hit as well in the losing effort. Glenn Sparkman took the loss, falling to 3-6 on the year after allowing five runs, four earned, on nine hits over 5.2 innings of work. Danny Duffy will start game one and is 4-5 with a 4.52 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. This will be Duffy’s second career start against Atlanta.
The Atlanta Braves will look to build off of a series victory against the Nationals, taking Sunday’s finale by a final score of 7-1. Josh Donaldson and Ronald Acuna Jr. each had two RBIs with a home run while Nick Markakis added two RBIs of his own as well. Freddie Freeman went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI to finish off Atlanta’s scoring as a team in the win while Ozzie Albies went 2 for 3 and Brian McCann added a base knock as well. Kevin Gausman got the win to improve to 3-5 on the year after giving up one run on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Dallas Keuchel will start game one and is 3-3 with a 3.58 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. In his career, Keuchel is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA and 40 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 6-18 in Duffy’s last 24 starts against a team with a winning record and 22-54 in their last 76 road games while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 games against the NL East. Atlanta is 27-12 in their last 39 games overall and 16-6 in their last 22 home games while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games against the AL Central. Kansas City is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Atlanta.
The heavy plus money with the Royals is tempting given that Kansas City has found wins here and there and has their ace in Duffy on the mound. However, while Keuchel has had his ups and downs, he’s still a solid pitcher on the much better team here and the Braves should have no issue drawing first blood here, so I’ll side with the Braves and to get rid of some of the juice, I’ll back Atlanta on the RL here.