Orioles vs. Royals Prediction
Which struggling AL team will pick up a rare win when the Kansas City Royals host the Baltimore Orioles today at 2:15PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, September 2, 2018
2:15PM ET – Guaranteed Rate Field
TV: FSKC (KC); MAS2 (Bal)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, this game is considered even, as both the Orioles and the Royals are listed with odds of -110 to win this game. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 9.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 80 percent going on Kansas City at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Orioles drop first two
The Orioles have lost the first two games in this series, including a 5-4 defeat on Saturday. Baltimore is now 40-96 overall and 16-52 on the road. The Orioles are scoring 3.93 runs per game right now while giving up 5.47 per contest.
David Hess gets the start for the Orioles on Sunday. He comes into today’s game with a 3-8 record through 14 starts. Hess has a 5.08 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP this year. He has pitched 78.0 innings and has 52 strikeouts with 30 walks.
Royals on a hot streak
Kansas City improved to 44-91 overall and 24-45 at home following Saturday’s victory. They have now won four straight games and six of their last seven coming into today. KC is averaging 3.78 runs per game on offense in 2018 while allowing 5.33 per contest.
Jorge Lopez is making his fourth start for the Royals today. He was acquired from the Brewers, where he was a reliever. Lopez has an 0-4 record on the year with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Lopez has 25 strikeouts and 21 walks over 33.1 innings of work. In his time with KC, he has given up 12 earned runs in 13.2 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Orioles have lost 19 of their last 60 games against AL Central opponents and 43 of their last 51 road games against a right-handed starter.
The Royals have won five of their last six at home against a right-handed starter and four of their last five at home against a team with a road winning percentage below .400.
Lopez doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence for today, but the Royals are playing some of their best baseball they have all year. Their hitting has improved and their bullpen has recorded key outs. I think Hess will struggle just as much, if not more, than Lopez today. With KC at home, I will go with them to stay hot.
The Pick: Kansas City Royals -110