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(17-7) Washington Nationals vs. Kansas City Royals (13-11)
Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Kauffman Stadium Kansas City, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez vs. Edinson Volquez
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nationals +103 / Royals -113
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Nationals +1.5 -210 / Royals -1.5 +175
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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The Royals were reeling losers of 5 straight games before finally getting a W in their last game. They are slight home favorites facing a Nationals’ team that is coming off a sweep in their last series.
Kansas City sits in 3rd place in the AL Central 4 games back of the Chicago White Sox.
The Nationals are tied with the Cubs for the most wins in the NL and they are in first place in the NL East with a 1.5 game cushion over the New York Mets.
The Nationals have won 9 of their last 12 games facing the Royals and 4 of their last 5 facing them in Kansas City.
In their last games the Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 and the Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1.
While the Nationals rank 17th in the Majors in runs scored their pitching has been awesome so far on the young season ranking 1st in the bigs in team ERA.
In their sweep of the Cardinals in their last series they gave up a total of 6 runs and only 2 in the last 2 games.
Reigning MVP Bryce Harper ranks 3rd in the NL in HR and 2nd in RBI. However, he is only 1 for his last 17 and in his last game he was 0-4 with 4 strikeouts.
Gio Gonzalez (1-1 1.42 ERA) goes for the Nationals in this interleague game and in his last outing he only gave up 1 earned run in 6 innings, but got no support in a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. In 4 starts and 24 innings he has only given up 4 earned runs.
Gonzalez ranks 4th in the NL in ERA. He has only faced the Royals once since the 2011 season, but is 3-3 with a 7.49 ERA in 8 career starts facing them.
The Nationals are 9-3 on the road this season.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals pitching has been solid this season ranking 7th in team ERA, but their offense only ranks 27th in runs scored.
In their 5-game skid before a win in their last game, where they scored 4 runs, they had only totaled 7 runs.
Edinson Volquez (3-1 3.34 ERA) goes for KC tonight and in his last outing he had, by far, his worst showing of the season getting shelled for 8 earned runs in only 5 innings in a 9-4 loss to the L.A. Angels.
Before that game he had only given up a total of 3 earned runs in 4 starts, which were all Kansas City wins.
After Volquez’ last start his ERA went from 1.09 to 3.34.
The Royals have won 17 of their last 21 home games with Volquez on the hill.
This season Royals are 8-3 at home.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Nationals are 5-1 in their last 6 road games.
- Royals are 43-19 in their last 62 home games.
- Royals are 21-8 in their last 29 interleague home games.
- Royals are 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
- Nationals are 20-8 in their last 28 overall.
- Nationals have an Under record of 8-3-3 in their last 14 games.
Free Washington Nationals vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction:
Tough call in this one, but even with Gonzalez on the hill the Royals will get the W, as Volquez will bounce back and have a good outing.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: UNDER
This game will be a pitcher’s duel and a low scoring affair, so the Over is the pick.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Royals 4 – Washington 2
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