Kansas City Royals at Washington Nationals
|Date & Time||Friday July 5, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals -165 / Kansas City Royals +145 O/U: 10.5
The Kansas City Royals and the Washington Nationals will meet up on the MLB diamond Friday to start off their series.
The Royals are coming off a set versus the Indians this week. KC dropped the first two games of that series 9-5 and 4-0. In the Thursday finale, Kansas City fell 8-4.
For Friday’s matchup, the Royals are bringing out Brad Keller in the start. Across his 105.0 innings and 4-9 record this year, Keller has a 4.63 ERA with 75 Ks and 50 BBs.
Over on the Nationals side, they’re fresh off a series against the Marlins. Washington took a win 3-2 Tuesday and another 3-1 on Wednesday, then in the Thursday game, the Nats won 5-2.
The Nationals will be going with Austin Voth in the start on Friday. In his 10.1 innings without a decision this year, Voth has a 4.35 ERA with 10 Ks and two walks.
The Royals are 1-5 in their last six Friday games and 1-5 in Keller’s last six road starts. KC is 1-6 in Keller’s last seven starts and 1-10 in his last 11 on grass.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 5-0 in their last five in game one of a series and 4-1 in their last five versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. The under is 5-0-1 in Washington’s last six in game one of a series as well.
Keller has been choppy lately. Across his last three starts, he’s got 12.0 innings with 13 earned runs on a total of 20 hits. That said, he still registered a win his last time up in Toronto despite six earned.
As for Voth, he’s only got two outings and a very small sample size this year but has been pretty decent outside of a few mistakes here and there.
I’m not really feeling this matchup at all, but I don’t trust Keller right now so I’m going Nationals.