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Washington Nationals vs. Kansas City Royals - 7/7/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas City Royals at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Sunday July 7, 2019, 1:35 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals: -1.5 (-120) / Kansas City Royals: 1.5 (+100)
TV Channel
FS-Kansas City, MASN2
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The Kansas City Royals and the Washington Nationals meet in the rubber match of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Sunday.

The Kansas City Royals will look to win the series after dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 6-0. Alex Gordon went 2 for 3 with a double while Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesi, Jorge Soler and Cam Gallagher each had base hits as the Royals had just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Glenn Sparkman took the loss, falling to 2-5 on the year after giving up four runs on nine hits over three innings of work. Jakob Junis will start game three and is 4-8 with a 5.53 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. This will be Junis’ first career start against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to win the set after taking game two on Saturday, evening up the set at one win apiece. Kurt Suzuki had a home run and two RBIs while Juan Soto added two RBIs of his own and Anthony Rendon chipped in an RBI as well in the win. Adam Eaton and Victor Robles each had a double with Eaton going 2 for 4 at the dish. Trea Turner added a pair of hits as well while Howie Kendrick, Max Scherzer and Gerardo Parra each had a base hit to cap off Washington’s offense as a team in the win. Scherzer got the win on the mound to improve to 9-5 on the year after throwing seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits while striking out 11 in the victory. Patrick Corbin will start game three and is 7-5 with a 3.55 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season. This will be Corbin’s first career start against Kansas City.

Kansas City is 3-8 in Junis’ last 11 starts and 21-51 in their last 72 road games while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a left-handed starter. Washington is 4-0 in Corbin’s last 4 home starts and 27-11 in their last 38 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games.

Once again, heavy plus money with the Royals and while it’s tempting and paid off in game one, we saw Kansas City fall back to earth in game two and I’m expecting more of the same here. Corbin has gone 4-1 with an ERA  just over two at home this season and has gone seven innings, giving up just one run in each of his last three starts. Junis on the other hand, while making strides as a starter for the Royals, has an ERA over five on the road and is coming off of a start in which he allowed seven runs, six earned in 4.2 innings of work. I just don’t have a good feeling for the Royals here, so I’ll side with Washington and to cut down some of the heavy juice, I’ll side with the Nationals on the RL.

Pick:
Washington Nationals: -1.5 (-120)

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