Add 'Under' to your MLB Picks as Pair of Hot Pitchers Set to Duel

David Lawrence

Friday, May 22, 2015 11:31 AM GMT

Cardinals & Royals battle this weekend in the state of Missouri. What’s going to happen at the start of this highly anticipated 3-game MLB betting series in Kansas City.

The St. Louis Cardinals Can Win Because…
Their starting pitcher can be trusted. Lance Lynn has made eight starts so far this season. No pitcher is going to be great every time out, but if a pitcher can perform at a high level 75 percent of the time, he’s doing really well, and that describes how well Lynn has produced this season for the Cardinals. Of his eight starts, six have been outstanding. In those six starts, Lynn has not allowed more than one earned run. On occasions, he can smother opposing hitters – on May 12, he allowed just four hits to the Cleveland Indians. On April 8, he allowed just two hits to the Chicago Cubs. On May 1, he allowed only four hits to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He suffered two bad starts – one on May 6 against the Cubs, one on April 26 against the Milwaukee Brewers, but when you’re getting the job done in three out of every four starts, you’re doing your job. Lynn has a 2.96 ERA, and that places him in the upper tier of National League pitchers.

Other reasons to recommend the Cardinals in this game: They’re second in the major leagues in run differential, checking in at plus-56. They’re first in the majors leagues in runs allowed, with 125.

 

The Kansas City Royals Can Win Because…
The Royals are on fire this season. They’ve carried all the momentum from their American League pennant – and their journey within one win of the World Series – and have taken it into 2015. The Royals have the largest run differential of any team this season, at plus-64. Maybe that's why for tonight's game MLB odds board have the total set at 7.5 runs, as Royals have scored the third most runs in the majors and are one of only three teams to have scored more than 200 runs at this point (Washington, Toronto). The Royals are getting contributions from everyone, and that kind of balance is what sustains a team through a full season – it can’t depend on just one or two guys.

Kansas City starter Chris Young has also been brilliant this year. His ERA is a microscopic 0.94. He hasn’t made a lot of long-inning appearances, but every time he goes out to the mound, he delivers results. He went from April 21 to May 15 without giving up an earned run, and he went from April 21 through May 10 without giving up any runs at all. He’s made three starts in addition to several relief appearances, and in those three starts, totaling 16 2/3 innings, Young has given up only one run. That’s tremendous. Young can be relied upon to keep the Cardinals’ bats at bay.

 

Outlook
Both pitchers are really good, both teams are really good. It’s a tough game to call but the feel of it is that it should be a low-scoring affair with both pitchers hot right now. Go under with your MLB picks.

MLB Pick: Under at The Greek