ALCS Betting Preview: Orioles at Royals

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Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals (+102,
7.5)

The Kansas City Royals spent 28 years watching the postseason
from home, and now that they’ve gotten back, they just can’t
lose. The Royals go for their seventh straight win this
postseason and a 3-0 lead in the American League Championship
Series when they host the Baltimore Orioles in Game 3 on
Monday. The Orioles have lost the battle of the bullpens in
the first two games and will need to make some history in
order to win the series.

No team ever has come back from a 2-0 deficit in the ALCS
after losing the first two at home, a fact Baltimore has the
talent to change. Adam Jones hit his first postseason homer
in the Orioles’ 6-4 loss in Game 2 and insisted after the
contest that the series was not over despite back-to-back
late-inning meltdowns. If Baltimore hopes for a comeback,
getting setup man Darren O’Day and closer Zach Britton on
track would be one key, as the two have combined to allow
four runs on four hits and three walks in the first two
games.

TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, TBS

LINE HISTORY: The Royals opened as slight
-110 favorites, but the money has been coming in on the
Orioles with the Kansas City moving all the way to +102. The
total is set at 7.5.

INJURY REPORT: Royals – SP Yordano Ventura
(day-to-day, shoulder).

WEATHER: It is expected to rain at Kauffman
Stadium in Kansas City. The forecast is calling for a 100
percent chance of rain and a chance of thunderstorms. There
will also be a strong 15 mile per hour wind blowing in from
left field.

PITCHING MATCHUP:
Orioles LH Wei-Yin Chen (0-0,
12.27 ERA) vs. Royals RH Jeremy Guthrie (2014: 13-11, 4.13)

Chen was bailed out by the offense in Game 2 of the AL
Division Series against Detroit after allowing five runs and
seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. The Taiwan native surrendered
two or fewer earned runs in each of his final five
regular-season turns and held Kansas City to three runs over
12 1/3 frames in two starts earlier in 2014. Chen yielded a
pair of home runs in his ALDS start and was reached for 29
blasts in 32 regular-season outings.

Guthrie missed out on the fun in the wild-card game and the
ALDS but gets the nod against his former team in Game 3. The
veteran spent five seasons at the top of Baltimore’s staff
without making the playoffs before leaving via free agency
following the 2011 campaign. Guthrie finished the regular
season strong, allowing a total of one earned run in 20 1/3
innings over his last three starts, but has not pitched since
Sept. 26.

TRENDS:

* Orioles are 0-4 in their last four meetings with the
Royals.
* Under is 4-0 in Chen’s last four starts versus the
Royals.
* Under is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings in Kansas
City.
* Orioles are 2-5 in their last seven meetings in Kansas
City.

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