Philadelphia Phillies vs Kansas City Royals
By Flipper Bautista
Pick: Phillies RL -1.5 (+105)
The Philadelphia Phillies (21-15) will be opening a three game series against the Kansas City Royals (13-25). The Phillies are playing great baseball as of late and currently are 7-3 in their last 10 games. While Kansas City is 4-6 in their last 10 games.
Taking the mound for the Phillies is their Ace Jake Arrieta who has been pitching great thus far in this season. He is currently 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA on 45.0 innings pitched. Homer Bailey is currently 3-3 on the season with a ERA of 5.25 on 36.0 innings pitched. Philadelphia is currently on a two game winning streak in which they are averaging 8 runs per game. In his career, Arrieta is 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Kansas City, while Bailey is 1-4 with a 3.74 ERA and 54 strikeouts against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 road games. Kansas City is 1-10 in their last 11 interleague home games and 14-43 in their last 57 games against a team with a winning record. In Kansas last game they struck out for a combined 17 times, they aren’t seeing the ball and are getting frustrated with what is looking like a failed season. Expect the Phillies bats to spark up and give their ace a comfortable lead to dominate the game.