rematch between these foes has the Kansas City Royals' right-hander Luke Hochevar (4-6, 5.04 ERA)
opposing lefty Josh Outman (1-1, 4.15 ERA) of the Oakland Athletics.
Kansas City Royals are off to a 3-1 start in the first four games of their
present road trip, including Tuesday’s 7-4 win as 150 MLB odds underdogs against the
Oakland Athletics. Royals sluggers Billy Butler and Alcides Escobar
both notched two RBIs, while closer Joakim Soria logged two strikeouts in the
final frame for a save.
opened the betting odds with Outman as a 145 home favorite, while first setting
the ‘total’ at 7 ½ ‘over’ (minus 120).
picked up his first loss in Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat for Oakland as a 136 road
dog against the Baltimore Orioles. The 26-year-old gave up all three
of Baltimore’s runs in six innings (78 pitches).
Jemile Weeks went 3-for-3, including a double and triple. Weeks’
mate Coco Crisp notched his squad’s sole RBI, going 1-for-3 in the leadoff
tight affair’s combined five runs dipped below the ‘total’ of 8
½. Both teams finished with six hits, while recording no errors.
is 14-16 in its first 30 home dates, with the ‘over’ going
16-11-3. Weeks and Co. have hit .243 against right-handed pitching
in that span.
notched a win in Thursday’s 3-2 triumph for Kansas City as a 119 MLB betting home dog
against the Toronto Blue Jays. The fifth-year hurler allowed both of
Toronto’s runs, lasting seven innings (98 pitches).
City’s Mitch Maier and Wilson Betemit both cracked doubles en route to both
finishing the night 1-for-4. The duo’s mate Eric Hosmer had the
team’s hottest bat, going 2-for-4 with one RBI.
duel’s combined five runs plunged ‘under’ the ‘total’ of 8 ½. Royals
reliever Aaron Crow logged a hold, tossing a hitless eighth frame.
City is 9-17 in its first 26 road meetings, with the ‘over’ collecting at
15-10-1. Hochevar is 1-3 in his four road starts, with a 1.44 WHIP
and .345 OBP.
first pitch is scheduled for 10:05 p.m. (ET), with the weather forecast in
Oakland calling for a clear 69-degree night and calm winds. Umpire
Tim Tschida is slated behind the plate, with the ‘over’ going 8-4 in his first
12 called games.
handicapper is backing the Royals and Hochevar, taking a price of plus 130 in
has pitched well in his last two outings against the Athletics, allowing one
run in a combined 12 innings. Oakland’s top hitter Cliff Pennington
(.266 BA) and cleanup man Josh Willingham (10 HRs) are a combined 0-for-11
lifetime against Hochevar.
is not worthy of a home ‘chalk’ premium, with his sole outing in Oakland
garnering a sizable WHIP of 1.83. The May 28 start against Baltimore
saw the hurler log five walks in six frames.
City’s Billy Butler is 2-for-3 against Outman lifetime, and enters the matchup
with a seven-game hit streak. The hot slugger is 5-for-13 in his
last three games, including two doubles.
has also put together solid relief work for the Royals, holding foes to no runs
in his last eight IP. The closer has given up just two hits in that
Look for the undervalued Royals to cash another ticket at
plus money en route to a possible road sweep.