MLB Picks: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Kansas City Royals: May 18th 2012
MLB Picks: May 18th 2012
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Kansas City Royals
Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks -116
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I am siding with the Arizona Diamondbacks behind lefty Joe Saunders Friday against the Kansas City Royals. The Diamondbacks clearly have the edge on the mound in this one, and I fully expect Saunders to continue his road success against the lowly Royals.
In three road starts this season, Saunders is 1-0 with a 0.81 ERA and 0.896 WHIP away from home. Luis Mendoza gets the ball for the Royals, and he’s 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA and 3.274 WHIP in two home starts in 2012.
The Royals are just 4-15 at home this season where they’ve clearly played their worst baseball. Kansas City is 2-6 against left-handed starters this season. They are hitting .248 and scoring a mere 2.9 runs/game against southpaws this year.
Kansas City is 0-10 against the money line in home games vs. teams averaging 2.75 or less extra base hits per game this season. The Royals are 0-8 against the money line in home games after a loss by 2 runs or less this season. The Diamondbacks are 8-1 in their last 9 games as a road favorite of -110 to -150. Arizona is 8-2 in Saunders’ last 10 road starts vs. a team with a losing record. Bet the Diamondbacks Friday.
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