The Kansas City Royals will host the first place Baltimore Orioles for game one of their two game set. All MLB odds can be found at BetOnline sportsbook.
The Kansas City Royals right now are playing better than almost anyone in baseball. They have won 4 games in a row and 7 of their last 10 games. They currently sit only 4.5 games back in the closely contested AL Central race. The Royals are hitting just .258 as a team and led in that department by Mike Moustakas who is hitting .310 on the season. Getting the ball tonight in game one of this series will be Felipe Paulino who is just making his third start of the season. In just 11 innings of work he has struck out 12 and has a 3.09 ERA thus far.
The Orioles are one of the better stories of the season thus far in baseball. They are 11-5 on the road this season which is a large reason why they are tied for first place with the Rays. Their pitching staff overall has pitched to a 3.53 ERA and has really been keyed by a bullpen that has been solid from top to bottom. Tommy Hunter gets the start for the Orioles and Hunter comes into tonight’s game having lost his last 3 starts overall. Hunter has struggled to a 5.14 ERA and has also let up 44 hits in 42 innings of work.
Kansas City is 6-1 in their last seven games overall, 0-4 in their last four games as a home favorite, and 5-2 in Paulino’s last seven starts. Baltimore is 5-0 in their last five games as a road underdog, 13-3 against the A.L. Central, and 8-2 in Hunter’s last 10 starts. Baltimore is 2-7 in their last nine games in Kansas City.
We think the Royals might be turning the corner and we like the pitching matchup in their favor as well. Take the Royals, who are installed as the ML favorite at best sportsbooks online.