I am pleased to back the KC Royals with MLB picks on the plus money line as they will avoid the sweep against the Yankees with surprise of the year, Chris Young, taking the mound.
The Baseball Betting Line
MLB odds makers have come out with KC as a +125 underdog. To me this line makes sense with the pitching matchup but I think there is good value still on the Royals. After losing their last three games and only scoring three runs total in those, KC should have a nice bounce back game today against Pineda.
Michael Pineda comes in with a 3.59 ERA and 1.14 with an impressive 59 K’s in 57 innings. He has been pretty solid this year but his last two outings he has had some struggles allowing 18 hits in 11 innings. In one of those games the Royals got to him for 10 hits and five earned runs. Thirty six year old Chris Young comes in with an ERA under 1.00 and WHIP of 0.75. He has been very solid this year and could have some success today against a Yankees team in which he allowed only one earned run off of four hits in five innings two starts ago for him.
KC Needs Some Runs
The Yankees have been pretty consistent this year at the plate and rank in the upper half of the league in most offensive categories. Currently they rank 5th in total bases. The Royals have really been bad the last three games but should come in with some confidence against Pineda. Even with their recent struggles they still rank 1st in the league in batting average, 2nd in runs, 3rd in slugging, and 3rd in on base percentage.
MLB Picks: Royals +134 at 5Dimes