The Kansas City Royals will turn to veteran right-hander Chris Young in order to beat the New York Mets and Noah Syndergaard in the finale of a three-game set that got underway with a 4-3 Royals win on Sunday. Now, let’s find out why this game has the look of a virtual MLB betting lines lock just waiting to happen.
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How To Bet the Mets (0-1) @ Royals (1-0) MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Tuesday, April 05, 4:15 PM EST
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Starting Pitchers: KC: Chris Young (0-0) vs NY: Noah Syndergaard (0-0)
TV: SNY, MLBN
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet the New York Mets
The Mets look like a good pick in this contest because Noah Syndergaard is a flat-out monster pitcher. The Mets young star went 9-7 last season with a 3.24 ERA in 150.0 innings pitched. More importantly, Syndergaard is despised by the Royals after throwing a 98-mph fastball over the head of K.C. leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series.
The 23-year-old went one step further by challenging the Royals to a fight. “If they have a problem with me throwing inside, then they can meet me 60 feet, 6 inches away,” Syndergaard said. “I’ve got no problem with that. The first pitch of the game, to throw at my head, is not good,” Escobar said.
“No one’s happy about that,” Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “I thought it was weak,” right fielder Alex Rios said. “Very weak.” The Mets were held to seven hits and kept scoreless for eight innings of their season-opening loss to the Royals on Sunday.
Why Bet the Kansas City Royals
Because they feel disrespected and plan on giving Syndergaard some payback for his World Series ‘transgressions’. Royals’ manager Ned Yost was bothered by recent reports that say his team would retaliate in the season-opening series. “We haven’t even thought about it,” Yost said. “Our retribution was winning the World Series.”
Kansas City scratched out nine hits in beating the Mets on Sunday while getting one RBI from four different hitters.
Expert Prediction and Pick
You can believe Ned Yost if you want to, but the fact of the matter is that the Royals will go all-out with a little bi of extra motivation in order to beat Syndergaard in this contest and deliver a message to the Mets should they meet up in this season’s World Series (they won’t).
The Royals are being counted out as a legitimate title contender – again – this season and that just doesn’t sit right with the Royals, whose collective mindset reminds me of the Golden State Warriors at the start of the 2015-16 NBA season.
The Mets are 1-7 in their last 8 Interleague games while the Royals are 36-16 in their last 52 Interleague games. The Royals win this one by one run.
My final score prediction: Kansas City 4 New York 3