On Saturday, the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals will play the middle game of a three game MLB betting lines series at Kaufman Stadium. The Atlanta Braves are the worst team in all of the National League with an 8-25 record. The Braves are 13 games behind the New York Mets in the American League East. For the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals, they are 16-18 on the season. Kansas City fell Thursday in the final game of a series against the New York Yankees. Kansas City trails the White Sox by 6.5 games.
How To Bet on the Braves vs. Royals MLB Odds, TV and Game Info
When: Saturday, May 14, 7:15 PM ET
Where: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City
TV: FSSO, MLBN
Pitching Matchups: Braves: Mike Foltynewicz (0-1) vs. Royals: Dillon Gee (0-0)
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet the Braves
The Atlanta Braves have a negative run differential of 63 on the season. That’s the worst in the National League. The Braves snapped their five game losing streak with a win, but then lost the next game to the Phillies. Atlanta ranks 30th out of 30 teams in baseball in runs scored, with just 97 on the season. Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis are both veterans who have had a solid start for the Braves. Freeman leads the team with a .288 batting average and 6 homeruns, while Markakis has drove in a team high 21 runs.
Why Bet the Royals
The most disappointing team in all of Major League Baseball has been the Kansas City Royals. Ned Yost and the Royals cannot seem to get things going in 2016. Kansas City is coming into the game losingsfour of their last five games. Kansas City ranks 25th in Major League Baseball with just 119 runs scored. The batting average as a team for Kansas City is .255. Eric Hosmer anchors the team offensively, with a .333 batting average. Opponents are batting .245 against Kansas City pitchers through the first quarter of the season.
My Expert Pick + Prediction
It’s youngster Mike Foltnewicz against Dillon Gee in Kansas City. Neither pitching should be able to go very long in this game, so expect to see a ton of bullpen action in this game. The Braves are not very good, and the Royals should have the advantage on the offensive side. The Braves bullpen has been woeful, and the Kansas City offense, despite their struggles, should be able to chase him. The bet for this game is the Kansas City Royals -122 over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday evening.
The final score prediction: Royals 9 – Braves 5