Kansas City Royals vs Baltimore Orioles Preview and Free Pick

Kansas City (30-28) at Baltimore (34-23)
When: Wednesday, June 8th 2016
Where: Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: FSN Kansas City, MASN

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The Baltimore Orioles are looking to sweep the defending World Champions when they host the Kansas City Royals in the final of a three-game series. Things got heated last night when Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura upset Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado with some inside pitches in a second-inning at-bat on Tuesday and drilled him with a pitch in the next at-bat. That led Machado to charge the mound and incite a benches-clearing brawl. Machado was ejected from the game and could be looking at a suspension. Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis nailed back-to-back home runs directly after Ventura and Machado were tossed and Baltimore went on to grab a 9-1 victory – it’s sixth win in the last seven games. Kansas City has lost six games in a row and have scored one or no runs in each of the last five games. Trumbo has homered five times in the last six games and leads the majors with 20. Kansas City SS and leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar is 2-for-25 over the last six games.


Pitchers: Royals – Edinson Volquez (5-5, 4.03 ERA) | Orioles – Chris Tillman (7-1, 3.33)

Edinson Volquez will look to turn his road woes around where he holds a lofty 6.67 ERA away from home. Volquez has gone at least six innings in each of his last five starts but is coming off a loss at Cleveland on Friday. He was hit for five runs on seven hits (2 HRs) and four walks in 6.1 innings. Volquez is looking for his first career win in his fifth start against the Orioles and has given up a pair of home runs to Adam Jones (4-for-9).

Chris Tillman is the ace of the staff at 7-1, but has been hit hard in his last two starts surrendering nine runs and six homeruns to the Yankees and Indians. The Orioles won both games thanks to some great run support, but they’ll need more of it tonight. Tillman started twice against Kansas City last season and went 0-1 while yielding eight runs and 13 hits in 11.1 innings.

The Royals are struggling to score some runs right now, while the opposite is true for Baltimore. I can easily see the O’s completing the three-game sweep and I’m confident enough to take the runline, which Baltimore has covered in both games so far.

Pick: Orioles -1.5 +145