Kansas City Royals at Washington Nationals
|Date & Time||Saturday July 6, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
Over: 8.5 (-115) / Under: 8.5 (-105)
FS-Kansas City, MASN2
The Kansas City Royals and the Washington Nationals meet in game two of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Saturday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to win the set and push for a sweep on Sunday after taking Friday’s series opener in extra innings by a final score of 7-4. Adalberto Mondesi went 3 for 6 with a triple, a double and two RBIs while Alex Gordon, Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler each had RBIs as well in the victory. Billy Hamilton added a double while Whit Merrifield, Nicky Lopez and Martin Maldonado each contributed base hits as well in the winning effort. Brad Keller allowed one run on six hits while walking five over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brian Flynn got the win to improve to 2-0 on the year while Wily Peralta picked up his 2nd save of the season. Glenn Sparkman will start game two and is 2-4 with a 5.09 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. This will be Sparkman’s first career start against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back after being dropped in their series opener on Friday. Ryan Zimmerman went 3 for 6 with three doubles and two RBIs. Trea Turner had a solo home run while Brian Dozier added an RBI of his own to finish off Washington’s scoring as a team in the loss. Adam Eaton and Juan Soto each had two hits while Gerardo Parra and Howie Kendrick each had base hits as well in the defeat. Austin Voth allowed four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out six over 4.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Jonny Venters took the loss in relief, falling to 0-1 on the year. Max Scherzer will start game two and is 8-5 with a 2.43 ERA and 170 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 11-5 with a 3.53 ERA and 104 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 1-4 in Sparkman’s last 5 road starts and 16-35 in their last 51 games overall while the under is 22-7 in their last 29 interleague games. Washington is 6-0 Scherzer’s last 6 starts and 21-8 in their last 29 games overall while the under is 16-5 in their last 21 interleague home games.
Sparkman has been a train wreck the last couple of times out, giving up five or more runs in three of his last four starts, including 13 earned across his last two starts spanning 8.2 innings of work. On the other hand, Scherzer is pitching like the Cy Young candidate he is year in and year out, winning each of his last six starts and giving up one run or less in seven of his last eight. The issue I have is that I’m not paying some astronomical price with Washington when realistically anything can happen. Even the prices on the RL and -2.5 are crazy for the Nationals given the disparity in the pitching matchup. Instead, I’m going to side with the under as I think Scherzer is going to pitch another gem and the Nationals will score enough off of Sparkman to make this one a comfortable, low-scoring victory for the home side.