Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles meet for game one of their series in Kansas City. The Royals are -140 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under total set at 9 runs.
The Kansas City Royals are in second place in the American League Central as the season enters it’s second month. The Royals have won three games in a row but are just 2-6 in their last 10 games and overall they have outscored their opponents 145-137. As a team Kansas City is hitting .274 with Alex Gordon hitting .339, Wilson Betemit hitting .333, Billy Butler hitting .320, and Jeff Francoeur hitting .308. The Royals pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.48 with the starters at 5.11 and the bullpen at 3.41. For game one against the O’s Kansas City starts Jeff Francis who is still looking for his first win this year. For the season Francis has allowed 46 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 17 in 34 innings of work.
The Baltimore Orioles are in third place in the American League East and while they are just four and a half games back, this team is probably a little further away from really contending. The Orioles are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 6-6 on the road, and have been outscored 112-125 this season. As a team Baltimore is hitting .234 with Vladimir Guerrero hitting .269, Brian Roberts hitting .262, and Matt Weiters hitting .247. As a staff the Orioles have an ERA of 4.45 with the starters at 3.93 and the bullpen at 5.34. For game one in KC Baltimore starts Bradley Bergesen who is also still looking for a win. For the season Bergesen has allowed 25 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 16 in 22.2 innings on the hill.
Kansas City is 4-1 in their last five games as a home favorite, 8-22 in game one of a series, and 0-5 in Francis’ last five starts. Baltimore is 5-2 in their last seven games as an underdog, 0-9 in their last nine games against a team with a winning record, and 0-6 in Bergesen’s last six starts. Baltimore is 1-4 in their last five games in Kansas City.
These are two teams who are miles ahead of where they were a year ago and while they may or may not keep up in the standings, have shown they are going to compete. I look for the Royals to have a slight edge in game one. Ill take the Royals minus 140.
Kansas City Royals -140 Baltimore Orioles
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