MLB Picks And Parlays: See why the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants will go OVER when they clash on tuesday night!
by Matt Cash @MattCashCapper
Vegas Odds by BetOnline
San Francisco -117
Kansas City O/U – 7 1/2
Kansas City is inching their way back to respectability with a solid string of play of late. They are at 28-34 as they continue this West Coast trip with a World Series rematch from 2014 against the San Francisco Giants.
The Royals are 6-4 in June which includes splitting a four-game set with the defending AL Champs from Cleveland and taking two of three from the hottest team in the league, Houston. From there they hit the road and took two of three on the weekend from the hapless Padres.
Kansas City has had offensive problems all year, and are currently 28th in Majors averaging 3.82 RPG. But they are fourth overall in the month of June averaging 5.9 RPG. They’ve scored seven runs of more in five of their six wins.
Mike Moustakas (.395-4-12) has been red hot through the surge, but five regulars are hitting above .300 on the month. Lorenzo Cain (.308-4-10) is another name to watch with his recent play.
The Giants struggles continue in June as they have posted a 4-6 record. They lost a series with the Phillies, split a four-game set with Milwaukee and most recently dropped two of three at home to the Twins.
After scoring just two runs in the first two games of the series, they exploded for 13 in the series finale to salvage a win.
The Giants offense is 29th in the League scoring 3.66 RPG. But they too have hit better in June, averaging 5.6 RPG which is 10th overall. Their team ERA of 4.45 is ahead of the Royals who are at 4.65 for the month.
Jason Vargas (8-3, 2.13 ERA) has been the Royals best pitcher all year, and he’s leaps ahead of his career 4.08 ERA. He’s allowed two runs or less in his last three starts and seven of his last ten. Last time out he gave up two runs in five innings of a 7-5 win over Houston.
Ty Blach (4-3, 3.64 ERA) gets the nod for the Giants and he’s been pretty good as a part-time starter. Last time out broke a five-game stretch of quality starts. In those five games he allowed a total of eight runs in 37.2 innings pitched. The Giants won the last four of those. Last time out he gave up five runs in six innings of a 6-3 loss to the Brewers.
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco’s last 5 games when playing Kansas City
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco’s last 6 games at home
Cash it in: The Giants are -119 favorites, the Royals +109 underdogs on Tuesday night. The Giants actually have a losing home record (14-16) which offsets the Royals weak 11-18 road record. With Kansas City hitting better of late, that gives them an edge with their ace on the hill. Royals 6-3.