New York Mets at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Sunday August 18, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line: New York Mets -190 / Kansas City Royals +155 -- Over/Under: 10
The New York Mets and Kansas City Royals meet Sunday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The New York Mets look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Mets have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The New York Mets have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Amed Rosario leads the Mets with 133 hits and 50 RBI while Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso have combined for 250 hits and 148 RBI. Zack Wheeler gets the ball, and he is 9-7 with a 4.36 ERA and 151 strikeouts this season. This will be Wheeler’s second career game against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals look for a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Royals have scored five runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals have won four of their last five games when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 154 hits and 61 RBI while Jorge Soler and Alex Gordon have combined for 229 hits and 151 RBI. Glenn Sparkman gets the ball, and he is 3-8 with a 5.45 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. This will be Sparkman’s first career game against the Mets.
The Mets are 8-1 in their last 9 during game 3 of a series, 13-3 in their last 16 games following a win and 3-7 in Wheelers last 10 road starts. The Royals are 11-27 in their last 38 Sunday games, 19-63 in their last 82 during game 3 of a series and 0-4 in Sparkmans last 4 starts. The Mets are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 38-18-1 in Royals last 57 interleague games. The under is 4-0 in Wheelers last 4 starts overall.
Wheeler has allowed 42 hits and 16 earned runs in his last 36.2 innings, and he has a 4.52 ERA and .280 allowed batting average on the road. Sparkman has allowed 58 hits and 35 earned runs in his last 43.2 innings, and he has a 2.84 ERA and .241 allowed batting average at home. You can make a case for the Royals and the big plus money based on how solid Sparkman has been at home this season, but the Mets need to take advantage of games like this if they're serious about making the postseason. The Royals also have issues scoring and while as up and down as Wheeler can be, he still has good stuff and can be highly effective when he's on. The Mets should get the job done here.