Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 5/17/2014
Sunday, May 18, 2:10 PM on MAS2, FSKC
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Baltimore Orioles - Jimenez, U (2-4) vs. Kansas City Royals - Shields, J (5-3)
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Sunday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles will give the ball to Ubaldo Jimenez as they take on the Kansas City Royals and James Shields. Jimenez will be making his 9th start as Shields makes his 10th.
Ubaldo Jimenez missed getting the decision in his last start despite pitching 7 shutout innings and allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. He comes into this game with a 2 – 4 record and an ERA of 4.02. If Jimenez racks up more quality starts like his last, he should be able to equal or better last year’s results when he went 13 – 9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts for the Cleveland Indians.
In 2013, Jimenez was 2 – 0 with a 2.83 ERA in 5 starts against the Royals. This season, Jimenez took a loss against the Royals after giving up 4 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings of work.
James Shields brings a 5 – 3 record and an ERA of 2.54 to this game after picking up his 2nd straight win in his last outing. In that start, Shields gave up just a run on 5 hits through 7 innings without issuing a walk and striking out 8. If Shields continues this pace, he could do better than last season’s 13 – 9 record and 3.15 ERA in 34 starts.
In 2013, Shields didn’t face the Orioles but this season he picked up a win against Baltimore after a 7 inning effort where he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (including a homer) while walking 2 and striking out 6.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
Baltimore Orioles are 16-21-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Baltimore Orioles is -0.3
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 18-19-2 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Kansas City Royals is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
05/11/14 C Matt Wieters Elbow 15-day DL (5/11)
04/03/14 P Edgmer Escalo Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 LF Francisco Peguero Wrist 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 3B Michael Almanzar Arm 15-day DL (3/23)
03/28/14 LF Nolan Reimold Neck 60-day DL (3/26)
Kansas City Royals
05/13/14 2B Omar Infante Back 15-day DL (5/13)
05/02/14 P Bruce Chen Back 15-day DL (4/25)
04/09/14 P Francisley Bueno Finger 15-day DL (4/7)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
Josh's Pick: Take Kansas City
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