Kansas City (38-31) at NY Mets (36-32)
When: Tuesday, June 21st 2016
Where: Citi Field, New York, NY
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: FSN Kansas City, SNY
The New York Mets will host the Kansas City Royals for the first time since the 2015 World Series when they saw the Royals celebrate on the Citi Field infield. Kansas City is coming in red-hot after a sluggish start to the season winning eight of their last nine overall. The Royals scored 28 runs in winning the last three of its four-game series with Detroit over the weekend, while New York saw its offense sputter in a three-game sweep at the hands of cellar-dwelling Atlanta. The Mets, who have lost six of their last eight overall, mustered just four runs, batted .156 and struck out 21 times in the weekend series. Travis d’Arnaud (strained rotator cuff) is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to the series and hopefully give the Mets a spark on offense. Salvador Perez has seen his batting average jump 40 points on the strength of an 11-game hitting streak, but is just 2-for-13 in his regular-season career versus the Mets. New York OF Michael Conforto collected his team’s lone hit on Sunday, but is mired in an 8-for-67 slump and reportedly is being considered for a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. Royals 1B Eric Hosmer has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games and recorded three hits in his team’s 4-3 season-opening victory over the Mets on April 3rd.
Pitchers: Royals – Ian Kennedy (5-5, 4.17 ERA) | Mets – Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 1.91)
Ian Kennedy recorded his first win since May 7th on Wednesday, although his performance left a bit to be desired. He allowed four runs on five hits – including two homers – in a 9-4 victory over Cleveland and has been taken deep eight times and allowed 16 runs in his last three outings. The road hasn’t been kind for Kennedy, who is just 3-4 with a 5.44 ERA in eight starts this season.
Noah Syndergaard got his season started in Kansas City with nine strikeouts over six dominating innings during a 2-0 victory in the second game of the season. Syndergaard has posted seven quality starts in a row minus his early ejection versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 28th. Syndergaard has 11 quality starts this season and allowed just 18 earned runs in 85 innings.
Syndergaard will slow down the Kansas City offense and the Mets will break-out against Kennedy. The Mets don’t want the Royals winning anymore games in New York. Take the runline.
Pick: Mets -1.5 +120