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MLB All-Star break.The 29-year

Postby elaine95 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:08 am

The Kansas City Royals have a chance on Saturday to lock up a third consecutive series for the first time this season.Kansas City (43-91) is playing another team struggling as much — the Baltimore Orioles — and the Royals posted a 9-2 victory in the opener to three-game Friday night at home. They banged out three homers in the win.That win stopped the Orioles (40-95) from tying a season high for consecutive victories (four).Article continues below ...They’ll meet again Saturday at Kauffman Stadium when Dylan Bundy (7-13 [url=http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-shawn-kelley-jersey]http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-shawn-kelley-jersey[/url] , 5.37 ERA) starts for the Orioles against Heath Fillmyer (2-1, 4.21) in a battle of right-handers.The Royals’ recent streak started when they took two of three from Cleveland last weekend and swept a two-game set from Detroit after that. Now, Kansas City has won six of its last seven games, the team’s best stretch this season.Power helped the Royals in Friday’s win. They belted out three homers in the victory, including one from Cam Gallagher, who had just been called up earlier in the day. That was his first home run this season and the second of his brief major league career.Home runs have been a problem for Bundy recently and all season, in fact. Bundy has given up the most homers in the majors this year (34) and allowed eight in July and eight in August.He has a combined record of 1-6 in the past two months after going 3-0 in June.Bundy has left the ball too close to the plate too many times and is working on correcting that issue. When the right-hander’s pitches stay on the corner, he finds much more success.“It’s frustrating for Dylan because he doesn’t want to be giving up anything [url=http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-trea-turner-jersey]Trea Turner Jersey[/url] ,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the media earlier this season. “I’ve talked to him about it.”Bundy has a 1-1 career record with a 5.87 ERA against Kansas City.For the Royals, Fillmyer is a rookie who will be making his ninth career start — and 13th appearance in the major leagues. He never has faced the Orioles.Both teams made some moves before the game. The Royals acquired pitcher Jerry Vasto from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for catcher Drew Butera, a popular player who was with the team during its World Series run three years ago.Butera was a backup catcher, and it was clear the Royals were sad about losing him.“He was perfect for this team and knowing his role,” Royals manager Ned Yost told the media Friday. “He was always ready to play when he was called upon. He was just the perfect backup catcher, especially for our situation.”Kansas City also recalled Gallagher from Triple-A Omaha and returned outfielder Brian Goodwin from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the disabled list.Baltimore recalled outfielder Joey Rickard from Triple-A Norfolk and reinstated pitcher Jhan Marinez from the disabled list (right hamstring strain). After clearing waivers, the Orioles assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk.The Orioles also designated outfielder Craig Gentry for assignment. The Seattle Mariners (65-50) begin a crucial divisional series with the World Series champion Houston Astros (73-42) on Thursday as solid road underdogs at the sportsbooks. The American League West-leading Astros have won two straight games, while the Mariners have lost two in a row [url=http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-wieters-jersey]http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-wieters-jersey[/url] , as they continue to chase the Oakland Athletics for the second and final AL wild-card spot. MLB betting line: The Astros opened as -145 favorites (wager $145 to win $100); the total is at seven runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.9-2.2, Astros (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news. Why the Mariners can pay on the MLB linesSeattle may not be playing in desperation mode yet, but this is the perfect time to start getting hot in an effort to catch Oakland. The Mariners would love nothing more than to start this series off with a big victory, and they will have ace James Paxton (9-5, 3.51 ERA) on the mound looking to put together his third straight quality start since the MLB All-Star break.The 29-year-old has allowed a combined three runs and 11 hits in splitting his last two outings totaling 14 innings [url=http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-blanton-jersey]Joe Blanton Jersey[/url] , walking one batter and striking out 15. More importantly, though, he is a perfect 3-0 versus Houston this season with a sparkling 0.87 ERA. Why the Astros can pay on the MLB linesThe Astros are well on their way to earning back-to-back division titles, and they rank first in baseball with a plus-202 run differential, even ahead of the MLB-leading Boston Red Sox. They have also dominated this matchup with Seattle recently, winning 12 of the past 15 meetings, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.The three losses all came against Paxton, but Justin Verlander (11-6 [url=http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-howie-kendrick-jersey]Howie Kendrick Jersey[/url] , 2.19 ERA) has also been very good versus the Mariners over the previous three seasons. Michael Wyke/Associated PressWhile he has not faced them this year, the 35-year-old went 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA in six starts against them between 2015 and 2017, limiting them to a .215 batting average during that stretch.Smart betting pickSeattle appears to be a solid value play in this spot considering Paxton has been awesome versus Houston this season. This is arguably the biggest series of 2018 for the Mariners, who cannot afford to fall further behind in the race for a wild-card berth. The Astros are a great team, but look for them to stay winless against Paxton here. MLB betting trendsThe total has gone over in six of Seattle's last eight games.Houston is 1-4 in its last five games at home.The total has gone over in four of Houston's last 5 games at home.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.
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